Please join us on Thursday, February 13 for an urgent SSFL Work Group meeting, SSFL Cleanup Crisis: Finding a Path Forward. Boeing, the Dept. of Energy, and NASA signed agreements in 2010 to fully clean up all of SSFL’s contamination by 2017. But the cleanup hasn’t even begun. Recently, all three responsible parties have indicated their intent to break their cleanup agreements and leave most of the contamination on the site permanently.
The cleanup is now at an impasse, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. If SSFL isn’t fully cleaned up as promised, nearby communities will continue to be at risk of exposure to dangerous radiation and toxic chemicals.
We’re pleased to announce that California EPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld will join us on February 13 to discuss SSFL cleanup efforts. The meeting will also include a public Q&A with a panel of experts, community members, and elected officials.
Please do all that you can to attend. The cleanup is at a critical juncture, and it’s going to take all of us to make sure that we get the full cleanup that we were promised.
“SSFL Cleanup Crisis: Finding a Path Forward”
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065
6:30 PM Candlelight vigil
7:00 PM SSFL Work Group Meeting
Hosted by SSFL Work Group, Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles, Committee to Bridge the Gap, Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition and Parents Against SSFL.
Rock the Cleanup! 60th Anniversary of SSFL Meltdown to be Commemorated July 13
On Saturday, July 13, 2019, community members who live near SSFL will hold an event called “Rock the Cleanup” to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) and to rally for the full cleanup of SSFL’s nuclear and chemical contamination.
The SSFL cleanup was supposed to be completed by 2017. But it hasn’t even begun, and now the polluters want to walk away from their cleanup agreements and leave most of the contaminatpart of a memorial in honor of workers and community members who’ve been harmed by exposure to SSFL contamination. (Read press release here.)
Rock the Cleanup will be a family friendly event with informative speakers and activities such as rock painting, games, prizes, and $1 Kona Ice. Rocks painted at the event will become part of a memorial in honor of workers and community members who’ve been harmed by exposure to SSFL contamination.
Click here to RSVP and to let us know if you can volunteer. (RSVPs are not required but will help tremendously with planning.)
What happened during the SSFL meltdown? Check out this 2014 SSFL Work Group presentation by John Pace, eyewitness to SSFL meltdown, and the panel discussion after his presentation featuring other former SSFL workers and experts.
New Film Features Families Impacted by Childhood Cancer Near SSFL
Change.org released a new short film on April 11, 2018 that features families impacted by childhood cancer near SSFL. The online petition organization created the film after a petition launched by West Hills resident Melissa Bumstead caught their attention, and their hearts. Melissa’s daughter Grace is recovering from her second fight against leukemia. During Grace’s first treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Melissa met other parents of children with rare cancers who live near SSFL. She launched the petition to urge DTSC to uphold its commitment to fully cleanup nuclear and chemical contamination at the site that she believes may be responsible for the cancers. The struggle has gained new urgency since the passing of Hazel Hammersley, a Simi valley girl who recently lost a 5 year battle with neuroblastoma. Melissa said, “Losing Hazel has been devastating for us, but her mother wants us to use her passing to push even harder for this cleanup.”