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 our nation to stand with us to demand that DTSC clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us?

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