2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:30:12 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CONTRACTORS, REGULATION: "Boeing blocks lab cleanup" - Santa Susana Lab (CA)
Boeing blocks lab cleanup
Rocketdyne lab remediation left in limbo

By Michael Collins
Ventura County Reporter (CA)
November 19, 2009

Boeing's filing of a federal complaint on Friday the 13th against the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control over cleaning up the monstrously polluted Santa Susana Field Lab was no tardy Halloween trick. The move attempts to gut state Senate Bill 990, which was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2007, to ensure that the 2,850-acre site is cleaned up to the highest standards.

Invalidating SB 990 would save Boeing hundreds of millions of dollars. The state's stringent cleanup levels would be relaxed, saving Boeing on the amount of soil and groundwater contamination that would have to be removed from the site and sent to a dump.

If Boeing is successful, federal EPA "Superfund" standards would apply. That would protect the defense contractor giant from most of the remediation costs, due to a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that restricts Superfund liabilities for some corporations.


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Lenny Siegel
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