Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Sherman Responds to Agreement on Santa Susana Field Lab


May 21, 2020
Press Release

Sherman Oaks, CA– The Department of Energy and the State of California have reached an agreement to remove several contaminated structures at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in Ventura County.

“The community and I have long fought for a full clean-up of the Santa Susana Field Lab,” Sherman said.  “Safety must be the number one priority, including how any material is handled and ultimately disposed of.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Sherman requested funds for the full clean-up of the site and worked with his colleagues to secure language through the House Energy and Water Subcommittee instructing the Department of Energy to move forward expeditiously on the remediation effort and to comply with the 2010 Administrative Order.

“Residents who live in the area surrounding the site have pushed for action for years, and the Administrative Orders on Consent requiring a full cleanup at the site was signed a decade ago,” Sherman noted.  “We are told that the demolition and removal of these structures will be done in compliance with the 2010 Administrative Orders on Consent.”

Then-Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited the Santa Susana Field Lab last September after Congressman Sherman secured a commitment from the Secretary at a hearing of the House Science Committee. 

“I have pressed the Trump Administration to follow through on its SSFL cleanup commitments, and that continues even after today’s announcement.”