Nuclear Pollution

Latest field lab cleanup agreement torched by local

Santa Susana Field Lab cleanuped say the long-delayed remediation of the contaminated site will be weakened by a new state agreement with Boeing, which owns most of the property outside Simi Valley.

The California Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the agreement will strengthen the cleanup of Boeing’s portion of the 2,850-acre site, which experienced a partial nucleardown in 1959. State officials say the pact establishes strict remediation protocols and timelines for the aerospace giant.

“Santa Susana Field Lab is one of our nation’s most high-profile and contentious toxic cleanup sites,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a release.

The settlement “prioritizes human health and the environment and holds Boeing to account for its cleanup,” Newsom said.

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