Petition update

Our Protest is Working!

Melissa Bumstead
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Oct 12, 2018 — 

Do you remember last week that the right-hand man for Gavin Newsom promised to meet with us again? He said then that before a decision could be made whether to sign the cleanup pledge we requested, he needed to quickly get “under the hood” to learn more about Santa Susana and problems at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). He asked us to meet with him the next week to get him up to speed.

So we met him in Sacramento earlier this week for nearly two hours. The meeting was detailed and comprehensive. We are now eagerly waiting for what we hope will be a strong public statement from Newsom that he is deeply committed to the full cleanup of SSFL and a complete top-to-bottom reform of DTSC.  

It struck me during that meeting that our community is really fortunate. That sounds counterintuitive as we live miles from the site of a nuclear meltdown, but it’s true. There are numerous contaminated sites across California that don’t have the support we do. We have EPA and epidemiological reports at hand, reputable organizations advocating for us, we have contact with Los Angeles media, and I live in an community where people can afford to take time off to protest. Most importantly, we have 382,000 petition signers like you. That much support and attention has opened doors and held elected officials accountable in ways that would have been impossible before.

That’s why I believe that when we get California’s gubernatorial candidates to pledge to clean the site and reform the DTSC, it’ll help not only kids in our community but children also help other kids in California who may also live near environmental disasters. If the next governor appoints ethical, honest, and trustworthy leadership, the DTSC will become what it was designed to be – an agency that protects people instead of polluters.

And that’s what you’re part of. So I just wanted to say thanks. Really, truly, we couldn’t do this without you. Together we’re really making a difference.


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