SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY

Santa Susana Field Laboratory

The Boeing Company

Department of Energy (DOE)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Park Service (NPS)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

American Jewish University - Brandeis-Bardin Campus

Personal Communication

The correspondence below with California State officials concerning legislative and regulatory actions related to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) has been prepared by myself, acting as a private citizen and community resident.

The material has benefited from the knowledge acquired during my twenty five years as Senior Manager of Radiation Safety at SSFL before my retirement. However the views and opinions expressed are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Boeing Company, the Department of Energy (DOE) or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Neither Boeing, nor DOE, nor NASA has solicited or approved this correspondence. I alone am responsible for its content.

Senate Bill 990 (2007) and Health and Safety Code ยง 25359.20
Request for Revocation of SB 990 Language
after being Struck Down in Federal Court.
Request for Removal of SB 990 from DTSC Website.
Date Communication
November 16, 2020 Letter to Senator Henry Stern
Email to Senator Henry Stern
November 16, 2020 Letter to Grant Cope, DTSC
Email to Grant Cope, DTSC
November 16, 2020 Automated email from Senator Henry Stern's OffIce
November 17, 2020 Email from Grant Cope, DTSC
November 19, 2020 Letter from Attorney General's Office
December 4, 2020 Letter to Attorney General's Office
Email to Attorney General's Office
June 17, 2021 Email to Grant Cope, DTSC

As of June 12, 2022, no substantive response has been received from Senator Stern or the California Attorney General or others on cc regarding H&S Code 25359.20.

During December 2021, DTSC removed some references to SB 990 from its web site, except two remaining references on pages ...

https://dtsc.ca.gov/santa_susana_field_lab/ssfl_site_activities_rcra/  and

https://dtsc.ca.gov/santa_susana_field_lab/ssfl_regulatory_oversight_other_agencies/



Amendment to Order on Consent
Opposition to Management of Non-radiological Building Debris
as Low-level Radioactive Waste
Date Communication
November 15, 2020 Email to Michelle Banks-Ordone, DTSC
Attachment to above email
November 29, 2020 Letter to Steven Becker, DTSC
Email to Steven Becker, DTSC
March 11, 2021 Email to DTSC Management
Public Records Act Request for DTSC - CBG Communications
March 26, 2021 Letter from DTSC Senior Counsel, Arthur Pugsley
Email from DTSC Senior Counsel, Arthur Pugsley
Response to Public Records Act Request
July 8, 2021 Email to DTSC Senior Counsel, Arthur Pugsley
Public Records Act Request
July 16, 2021 Email from DTSC Senior Counsel, Arthur Pugsley
Public Records Act Request
August 15, 2021 Email to Meredith Williams, Director, DTSC
Letter to Meredith Williams, Director, DTSC
Public Records Act Request
August 27, 2021 Email from DTSC Senior Counsel, Ross Colburn
Letter from DTSC Senior Counsel, Ross Colburn
PRA Final Response - DTSC/Hirsch Communications
August 28, 2021 Email to DTSC Management
Reply to PRA Final Response
As of June 12, 2022, DTSC has failed to directly address my opposition to sending non-LLRW to a LLRW disposal site.


DTSC-Boeing Settlement Agreement
Opposition to the Settlement Agreement
Date Communication
May 26, 2022 Email to Chinh Sheow, DTSC
May 31, 2022 Email to Grant Cope and Steven Becker, DTSC
Attachment to above email
Opposition to Settlement Agreement
June 11, 2022 Email to DTSC Staff
Comments on Kimberly Gettmann's Memorandum
June 11, 2022 Email to DTSC Staff
Unanswered Questions


Nuclear Decommissioning

A major activity at SSFL has been the decommissioning of DOE-owned and Boeing-owned nuclear and radiological faciities in Area IV.

Since 2000, politics, legislation, litigation and regulatory abuse and inaction has interfered with the established decommissioning process. 

Nuclear Decommissioning in California: 20+ Years of Politics vs. Science

  • Report, June 10, 2022

  • Prresentation to the Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Spokane, WA. July 20, 2022

DTSC-Boeing Settlement Agreement

On May 9, 2022 DTSC announced a Settlement Agreement "to hold Boeing accountable to its cleanup obligations at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory."

A primary objective is for Boeing to cleanup radionuclides (but not chemicals) in soil to background, in its areas of responsibility. The following paper provides an opposing view.

Jared Blumenfeld

Request to the California Attorney General to conduct a conflict of interest investigation on CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld.

Other Sources

In the interest of openness and impartiality, several other organizations host websites expressing a variety of opinions on SSFL.  The reader is cautioned to fact check this material against official sources above.