Meredith Williams, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2021
DTSC Statement on SSFL Mediation
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued the following statement in response to concerns regarding recently announced, non-binding mediation discussions with responsible parties at Santa Susana Field Laboratories (SSFL):
“The Administration remains committed to protecting people and the environment at and around the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) and is therefore participating in non-binding mediation with Boeing, CalEPA, DTSC and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to hold Boeing accountable to its 2007 order and its long-overdue cleanup. DTSC requested participation by the LARWQCB because of its jurisdiction over surface water and its role in advising DTSC on its laws, policies, and regulation regarding groundwater. Mediation is a routine tool used by government, non-profits, and other parties to resolve disputes. If successful, it may accomplish a full cleanup more quickly by avoiding years of delay in litigation.
“To the extent that this process could be made transparent, we have done so. Our partners at the Committee to Bridge the Gap and the Natural Resources Defense Council were notified, and the letters we exchanged with Boeing on the topic were posted publicly. Any proposal coming from a settlement will not only comply with California’s strong public health and environmental laws, but it will also include opportunities for public input to allow for robust community engagement.
“We will provide further updates as soon and as regularly as we are legally able to do so at the following link:”
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The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated properties, enforcing hazardous waste law, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.