October 9th, 2017
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After countless public assurances that it would clean the radioactive and toxic Santa Susana Field Laboratory site, Boeing has reneged on those commitments and now seeks to leave the land in a dangerous state.
In September 2015, Boeing publicly promised to clean up the site so it would be “safe enough that someone could live there and be at the site every day if development was allowed.” Now, Boeing contends it need only clean the site to a much lower standard. According to its own risk assessment, that lower standard would leave certain locations 200,000 times more dangerous to the health of humans than originally promised.
Boeing’s new proposal is irresponsible, immoral and indifferent to the health of our community. It is another example of a corporation leaving the community to bear the cost of a mess we did not create.
Boeing continues to be one of the largest recipients of American tax dollars in history. In return for that great faith our country has placed in Boeing, our community deserves better than public relations doublespeak from a corporation attempting to justify the continued risk the limited cleanup of the SSFL site poses.
Throughout my career as an attorney, I have taken on some of the biggest banks and corporations in the world, and I have seen firsthand how they line their pockets at the expense of hard-working people. Our families deserve a safe and clean community where we don’t have to worry about our health or family’s lives being at risk.
We must not allow Boeing to take advantage of our community by placing its drive for profits above health and safety.