No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
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When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America.
Sign to demand that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) safely and completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer.
Grace Ellen’s form of cancer is incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back. Today she’s inpatient again, having finished more radiation and intense chemotherapy, and is healing from a bone marrow transplant. She’s addicted to morphine, unable to eat or drink, and is fighting for her life in the hospital isolation floor. It haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable.
She, like the other 49 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history –and it was completely covered up for years.
Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, we have decades of EPA reports to prove it. But the Boeing Company, who partially owns the site, is proposing that the land be open to families for recreational use, even while the disaster has still not been cleaned up. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action. Instead they released an Environmental Impact Report that proposes to leave vast amounts of the radioactive and carcinogenic waste on site permanently.
They know our children are sick and dying, but Boeing doesn't care. They care about stockholders and profits more than people, and the government isn’t doing anything to stop them.
I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need #1millionparents standing with us to demand that DTSC clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us?
- Project Director, DTSC
- Govenor, California
- California State Senator
Senator Henry Stern
#1millionparents near and far want ALL of the Santa Susana Field Lab's Toxic and Nuclear Waste cleaned now! The radiation and carcinogenic chemicals are giving our children cancer, as well as many adults, in our community.
The California Department of Toxic Substance Control must hold the polluters, the Department of Energy, Boeing and NASA accountable for the safest and most comprehensive cleanup to "background" levels.
The DTSC cares more about the polluters than they do our community. They know how many of us have had cancer. They know fifty of our children are fighting cancer today. They know and they've done nothing to push back on the polluters or enforce the legally binding AOC agreements to have a 100% complete cleanup done by this summer, in 2017.
The DTSC's draft Environmental Impact Report for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup breaks years of promises that the radioactive and toxic chemical contamination would be completely cleaned up. Instead, it proposes to leave vast amounts of plutonium, strontium-90, cesium-137, perchlorate, PCBs, volatile organic compounds, dioxins, and heavy metals, where they could continue to migrate offsite and place neighboring communities at risk.
The DTSC must uphold the AOC cleanup agreements and demand that Boeing, NASA and the Department of Energy cleanup ALL of the contamination on their property!
Our children are getting cancer. We can't fight these powerful and wealthy corporations on our own. Please get involved and enforce a safe and 100% complete cleanup.
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