In October 2007, Boeing signed a Letter of Intent with the State (click here to read the LOI summary.) Environmentalists subsequently pushed for Superfund listing in a December 19, 2007 letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger. However, realizing that Superfund listing could result in lower clean-up standards, the activists changed goals and tactics.
Negotiations culminated in a January 9, 2008 meetin with the environmentalists signing onto a deal with California EPA Secretary Linda Adams. Adams informed the U.S. EPA that the State will decline Superfund listing for now. Cal-EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control will lead on the site characterization and cleanup codified with U.S. EPA heading radiation work. In addition, State Sen. Sheila Kuehl will be relieved of the obligation to roll back provisions of her bill to clean up Santa Susana Field Lab to highest Superfund standards.
State Assemblymember Julia Brownley hails the agreement as an “amazing day.” The Radiation Rangers referred to the breakthrough as “Good News and Bad News,” noting that cancerous TCE was discovered in adjacent Runkle Canyon.