The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is a complex of industrial research and development facilities located on a roughly 2,668-acre portion of unincorporated Ventura County in the Simi Hills between the City of Simi Valley and the City and County of Los Angeles. From the 1940’s until 2006, SSFL was used mainly for the development and testing of liquid-propellant rocket engines for the U.S. space program, nuclear reactors, and the operation of a U.S. government-sponsored liquid metals research center. These activities have left the site significantly contaminated.
SSFL is the focus of a cleanup project being overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Cleanup is to be conducted by The Boeing Company, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The County of Ventura is closely monitoring the clean-up project in coordination with the City of Simi Valley and the City and County of Los Angeles.
Information regarding the SSFL clean-up project, including public review and comment opportunities, can be found at DTSC’s following website: https://dtsc.ca.gov/santa_susana_field_lab/
VENTURA, Calif. – On Tuesday, January 9, by unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors authorized the signing of a tolling agreement concerning the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Clean-Up Project. Parties to the agreement include the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, The Boeing Company, the United States on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Simi Valley, the County of Los Angeles, and the County of Ventura.
The tolling agreement clarifies and extends the deadline for the filing of potential lawsuits challenging the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the clean-up project which was certified by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control in July 2023. Under the agreement, the limitations period for filing such lawsuits does not begin until 120 days after the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has approved the last of the project’s primary Cleanup Plans. This allows time for the assessment of the Cleanup Plans before lawsuits must be filed. This time extension applies to all potential lawsuits including those filed by individuals and organizations that are not parties to the tolling agreement.
A copy of the tolling agreement is available to the public online at www.ventura.org/ssfl and through request for hard copy with the Clerk of the Board in the Hall of Administration at the Ventura County Government Center.
The County of Ventura will continue to closely monitor the clean-up project plans in coordination with the cities of Los Angeles and Simi Valley, as well as the County of Los Angeles.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is the lead agency overseeing clean-up of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site. Information regarding clean-up efforts at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and public comment opportunities can be found at: https://dtsc.ca.gov/santa_susana_field_lab/
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