Excerpt of Statement from the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition:In August, the federal ATSDR announced that it had accepted a “citizen’s petition” in March 2015 to re-evaluate prior SSFL health studies and provide an “opinion” about cleanup “options.” The petition was not sent by a community member, but by a former SSFL official and DOE contractor who specifically asks ATSDR to refute previous studies and weigh in against the cleanup agreement.
ATSDR does not have the expertise or authority to weigh in on cleanups. It admits that it doesn’t review remediation plans for other agencies, but says it will in fact “evaluate whether the proposed remedial options would be protective of human health.” But there are no “proposed” remedial “options,” and the cleanup agreements were signed six years ago. DOE and NASA have signed agreements to cleanup to background and per longstanding DTSC policy the Boeing Company is to clean up to comparable levels.
ATSDR has long been criticized for being too eager to please industry and for poorly conducted health assessments geared toward telling communities not to worry. We have quality health studies from respected scientists. We have a cleanup agreement. ATSDR should reverse its decision to accept the petition and should stay out of our community.