Project Director's Message
If you have been involved with the Santa Susana Field Lab site for some time, you probably have noticed how much the pace of activities at the site has picked up in 2011. The amount of sampling, reports, studies and other investigative milestones that are being initiated or completed is numerous and significant. DTSC is excited to be making so much progress and is committed to keeping up this level of effort to make sure we stay on schedule to meet our short and long-term cleanup goals.
I mentioned late last year the significant development represented by the signing of Administrative Orders on Consent with both the U.S. Department of Energy and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Since then, a recent court decision has brought our efforts to sign a similar agreement with Boeing to a temporary impasse. While we are disappointed with the court’s decision, DTSC is still hopeful that a near-term resolution with Boeing can be found so that we can all continue to work towards the goal of a site cleanup that is highly protective of human health and the environment. In the meantime, rest assured that the court’s action does not affect our Administrative Orders on Consent with DOE and NASA, and their implementation continues to be robustly pursued.
On the public participation front, the Public Participation Group that DTSC initiated in November with 28 organizational and community at-large members now has five meetings under its belt. This group is beginning to find its stride and I believe will continue to grow in its ability to provide DTSC with a diverse, informed and consistent source of community feedback about decisions at SSFL. We also initiated, along with other partners, what turned out to be a very popular series of workshops called “Groundwater University” that we believe has made a significant contribution to helping community members understand the scientific concepts and technical data that drive our decision making. We appreciate the community’s involvement and will continue to look for new ways to enhance the public’s participation in our decisions.
As we look forward to the second half of 2011, we expect the pace of site activities to remain at a high level, so please check back with this website frequently to stay abreast of developments at the site. The website is also a convenient source for tracking the Public Participation Group meeting agendas and summaries. And keep in mind that one of the best ways to stay up to date with DTSC activities at SSFL is to sign up on this website for DTSC’s SSFL Listserv. Rick Brausch SSFL Project Director DTSC Office of Policy
SSFL Project Director
DTSC Office of Policy