Santa Susana Field Laboratory Public Involvement
Engaging the public in an open and transparent communication process leads not only to better decisions, it also creates public trust ensuring decisions reflect what is best for the community. DTSC is dedicated to working with all stakeholders to build and maintain a process that gives a voice to all participants and allows the public unfettered access to information. Our goal is to create an open and ongoing dialogue with stakeholders that allows for the exchange of ideas, comments and questions. Many changes will involve using newer and faster communication tools such as social networking, e-mail alerts and video. While electronic tools vastly improve access to information, public meetings and public information materials will always be a cornerstone of DTSC’s community outreach efforts. If you have suggestions on the Web site or have questions, please contact Michelle Banks-Ordone, Public Participation Specialist at (818) 717-6573 or via e-mail at Michelle.Banks-Ordone@dtsc.ca.gov.
Community surveys allow DTSC to proactively seek public input into how we can better communicate and provide access to information. This information will help us revise the SSFL Public Participation Plan, which will outline our strategy for community outreach.
Fact sheets are updates to the community that provide a quick summary of project activities, meeting schedules, and upcoming opportunities for public involvement. Please visit the Site Project Documents web page to access these documents. Fact Sheets, as well as other SSFL documents, can also be accessed from the SSFL Document Library. For fact sheets issued by other agencies, please contact the appropriate agency as listed on the Other Agency Contacts page.
DTSC Public Meetings
Informal community meetings such as workshops and open houses, provide an excellent opportunity to share information and hear what stakeholders and community members are saying. These meetings are scheduled in the evenings or on weekends at convenient locations throughout the community.
Public Comment Period, Meetings, and Hearings
Formal public meetings and hearings to collect public comment on all reports and proposed actions are held as required. These publicly opened forums are announced via e-mail alerts on the SSFL Web site, via public notices in local newspapers, and community updates (also referred to as Fact Sheets) that are sent through the mail.
Please visit the Site Project Documents web page to access previous public meeting documents. Public meeting documents, as well as other SSFL documents, can also be accessed from the SSFL Document Library.
DTSC E-mail Updates
DTSC invites you to sign up for our regular email updates related to the investigation and cleanup activities for SSFL. DTSC will continue to seek your input on additional means of public involvement.
News releases are also written and directed to members of the news media to announce meetings and events or important updates regarding SSFL. Please visit the Site Project Documents web page to access these documents. News Releases, as well as other SSFL documents, can also be accessed from the SSFL Document Library.