Santa Susana reactor meltdown site cleanup

by nuclearhistory

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — More than five decades after a partial nuclear meltdown just outside Los Angeles, state and federal officials Friday announced agreements to remove all contamination and return the atomic energy and rocket engine test site to its natural state.

Residents who have fought for years for cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory heralded the agreements signed by the Department of Energy, NASA and state officials. The agreements, which commit to a 2017 cleanup date, must still go through a public review process before they are finalized.

“It’s more than we’d hoped for a long time,” said Marie Mason, head of a homeowner’s association whose four members have all been sick with leukemia, breast cancer or serious thyroid conditions. “We are thrilled.” Snippet quote.

Earlier, “By late 2009, however, the negotiations hit a roadblock. Boeing filed suit against the state saying the cleanup standards were unreasonable. That case is expected to go to court next year.”