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An insult to those already suffering

Melissa Bumstead
Simi Valley, CA, United States

Dec 7, 2018 — 

Friends,

Do you remember when I wrote a while ago, that in order to get the 100% cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab, we need governor-elect Gavin Newsom to clean house at the DTSC because they’ve been infiltrated by the site’s owner, Boeing? Boeing’s influence is the main reason why we haven’t had the cleanup, putting our community and especially our children at risk of thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. That’s why we needed Newsom to get involved: only the governor can appoint officials who will stand up to Boeing.

But today I got the news that Newsom has appointed Boeing lobbyist, Anthony Williams, to be his legislative affairs secretary. And not just any lobbyist, he was Boeing’s top SSFL lobbyist. He’s been working behind the scenes with the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to block the cleanup and profit Boeing.

Newsom’s appointment of a Boeing lobbyist is the biggest insult possible to all of us who live near Santa Susana Field Lab, and have suffered health impacts from the contamination.

It just doesn’t make sense to me. After the Woolsey fire put us at risk for breathing contaminated smoke and ash, it seemed Newsom understood the extreme risks of the site. I thought it was a sure thing that he would address the DTSC and Boeing’s negligence. After all, if the DTSC and Boeing had cleaned the site in 2017 like they promised, we wouldn’t have been worried about a potentially radioactive fire.

Instead...we got “Mr. Boeing” Williams.

How can Newsom make decisions to protect us from Boeing, if he’s starting out his term by hiring a Boeing lobbyist as a top aide?

We need to make sure Newsom knows this isn’t ok. We need you to take action! Please contact Gavin Newsom’s office right now at (916) 445-8994 and leave a message:

My name is ______________. I want Gavin Newsom to know how upset I am that he has appointed Boeing lobbyist Anthony Williams to be his legislative secretary. Williams has been instrumental in blocking the full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab. I want Newsom to take a strong stance against Boeing. And I want him to appoint a strong DTSC director who will champion public health and who will completely reform that broken agency. The DTSC should protect people, not polluters, and that won’t happen if Williams is part of California government.


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