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DTSC-Boeing scientists say contamination contained at toxic field lab (Ojai Valley News)

CBGMar 18, 20241 min read

“Two scientists working in a decades-long relationship for Boeing and the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, the state regulatory body overseeing a stalled effort to clean up the most industrially contaminated site in Ventura County — the Santa Susana…

US Navy Acknowledges Rising Toxic Groundwater Threat at SF Superfund Site (KQED)

CBGMar 7, 20241 min read

A recent report from the US Navy confirms what we argued in our 2019 report on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard: leaving contamination on-site beneath a thin ‘cover,’ as the Navy intends to do, is insufficient to protect public health,…

Radioactive Rain (Ojai Magazine)

CBGMar 6, 20241 min read

Click here to read this overview of the history of and current fight over the Santa Susana Field Lab by Kit Stolz in Ojai Magazine.

A warning about radioactive air pollution from Pilgrim (CommonWealth Beacon)

CBGFeb 26, 20241 min read

“Daniel Hirsch, retired director of the program on environmental and nuclear policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said ‘there is no credible expert who believes that [disposing of this nuclear waste in this way] is safe. It is…

Potential litigation is placed on hold (Simi Valley Acorn)

CBGFeb 3, 20241 min read

“Yee said the tolling agreement extends the legal statute of limitations but doesn’t require waiting for final assessment. ‘Instead, the county now can sue at any point it chooses, and it is imperative that it therefore act in the next…

Water worries linger as field lab cleanup progresses (Simi Valley Acorn)

CBGFeb 3, 20241 min read

“Simi Valley resident Julie Korenstein questioned why Boeing is able to conduct its own monitoring. ‘I only wish there was someone else verifying it. I don’t really feel comfortable. It’s the fox verifying how many chickens there are in the…

Boeing to extract badly tainted soil from ‘burn pit’ at Santa Susana Field (LA Daily News)

CBGJan 26, 20241 min read

“Along with other activists, Hirsch worried that weak toxic clean-up standards set by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for the burn pit — and for the entire Santa Susana Field Lab area — would allow Boeing to…

Supervisors extend deadline to file suit on toxic site cleanup plan (Ojai Valley News)

CBGJan 25, 20241 min read

“Ventura County Board of Supervisors announced Jan. 12 the signing of a legal “tolling agreement” that will extend a deadline to allow the filing of potential legal challenges to an agreement announced last year for a cleanup of the contaminated…

Larry Yee Op-ed in Ojai Valley News: Decision time for VC supes on cleanup of toxic Santa Susana Field Lab

CBGJan 25, 20241 min read

“The fundamental question now is whether the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will do what it has promised: sue to overturn the SSFL Environmental Impact Report (EIR).” Read Larry’s entire op-ed in the Ojai Valley News by clicking here.

CBG’s 2023 Annual Newsletter & Dan Hirsch’s Year-End Letter

CBGDec 6, 20231 min read

Friends, We are pleased to share our annual newsletter with you. It has been another year filled with daunting challenges – and yet, as you’ll read in Dan’s letter to help the year end, “The moral arc of the universe…

California energy officials vote to extend Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operations (LA Times)

CBGDec 6, 20231 min read

“‘Inside the aging Diablo Canyon reactors resides an astronomical quantity of radioactivity,’ said Daniel Hirsch, a retired director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at UC Santa Cruz. ‘It only stays inside if it’s constantly cooled. Any disruption…