Category Archives: Radioactive Waste

CBG and Other Groups File Suit to Block Plutonium Building Disposal in Unlicensed Dumps

The Committee to Bridge the Gap has released a 114 page study by Daniel Hirsch and Ethan Miska disclosing that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Department of Public Health have been approving–without environmental review or opportunity for public comment–proposals by the Boeing Company to demolish radioactive structures at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL).  SSFL is the site of a long-secret partial nuclear meltdown CBG revealed in 1979, and there is widespread contamination from decades of other accidents, spills and releases.  The CBG study shows that Boeing’s own measurements indicate radioactive contamination in the structures torn …

DOE Proposes Unrestricted Recycling of Radioactive Metals Into Consumer Goods

In a stunning development, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed reversing a twelve year old policy that prohibits the use of recycled radioactive scrap metal materials in consumer goods.

In a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, CBG’s Dan Hirsch notes that the proposed policy change would “allow members of the public to be exposed to the equivalent of dozens of chest X-rays over their lifetimes from exposure to DOE nuclear waste, with no medical benefit and no informed consent.”  As the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has repeatedly determined, all doses of radiation increase the risk …

Excessive Radiation Found at SSFL

After a three-year study, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that the SSFL site suffers from excessive levels of radioactive contamination.

CBG’s Dan Hirsch is quoted by the Ventura County Star regarding the news:

“We get bulldozed over constantly,” Dan Hirsch, of the watchdog nuclear group Committee to Bridge the Gap said before the meeting. “Three years, stimulus funds — you’re not supposed to mess around with stimulus funds. … The good news is they have done the study and they found all the contamination. The bad news is that people within DTSC and apparently EPA are trying to upend the

New Yucca Rule Would Allow Equivalent of 1700 Chest Xrays Over a Lifetime

Would Produce 1 Cancer Per 125 People Exposed

10/12/2008: EPA has now finalized the radiation protection standards for Yucca at 15 millirem/year for the first 10,000 years and 100 millirem/year thereafter. The 100 millirem figure is a breathtaking break with decades of EPA strenuous positions that permitting that high an exposure is “nonprotective of health.”

Click here for CBG’s Press Release (pdf)…