UPDATE: Santa Susana Field Laboratory -
NIOSH Admits Area I, II & III Workers "Fall Through Cracks" of EEOICPA.
Some Area I, II & III Workers Eligible for EEOICPA Benefits.
Denied Claimants May Have Grounds to Reopen.


TheAeroSpace.org & CORE Advocacy for Nuclear & Aerospace Workers recently learned that some Area I, II & III Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) claimants of the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA or "the Act") may be justified in requesting a review of their denied EEOICPA claims. Systematically denied EEOICPA eligibility at the program's outset, it was recently discovered that some workers have radiation exposure data acquired during their designated "non-nuclear" employment. Routinely overlooked by Department of Labor (DOL), these Area I, II & III workers may qualify for EEOICPA after all. Equal concerns are now raised about SSFL workers' Dose Reconstructions, particularly workers who were employed in multiple areas of the facility, since not all radiation exposure data may have been submitted to the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) for analysis. NIOSH recently acknowledged that covered employment among SSFL Area I, II & III workers may be "falling through the cracks" of EEOICPA, and DOL-NIOSH agreed to consider eligible some Area I, II & III designated employees with dosimeter data ... Read More ...


TheAeroSpace.org and CORE Advocacy for Nuclear & Aerospace Workers were recently asked by the President's Advisory Board on Radiation & Worker Health (ABRWH) to provide information about DOE operations and proprietary interests in Areas I, II & III of Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), as well as documentation of potential off-site contamination from Area IV that may have impacted workers in all areas. We designed, printed, hand-assembled and delivered 15 guidebooks to ABRWH prior to their tour of the facility.


"Your Guide to Site-Seeing Hot Spots of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory"  is a compilation of historical documents authored by DOE, its predecessors, contractors, and state and federal regulatory agencies. They detail DOE operations, releases, and proprietary interests throughout SSFL Areas I, II, III & IV. A comprehensive bibliography and fold-out map of generalized locations of DOE Facilities in all areas, and a CD-ROM containing all cited documents in their entirety were included.

GET YOUR GUIDEBOOK ON.
TheAeroSpace.org's Compilation of DOE Operations, Areas I, II & III of SSFL
Well Received by Members of the President's Advisory Board on Radiation & Worker Health

"An integral part of the surface drainage system is the Site-Wide Reclaim Water System, which recovers most of SSFL's industrial water, rainfall, and treated sewage treatment plant effluents from all four areas ... [providing] much-needed water for use as flame-bucket coolant to all rocket testing facilities in Areas I, II, and III." - U.S. Department of Energy
Environment, Safety & Health Office of Environmental Audit
"DOE Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory," February, 1989. P. 3-45, Surface Water.

"Your Guide to Site-Seeing Hot Spots of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory" is an evolving project. As more information on DOE operations in Areas I, II & III is made available, we would like to add it. Have feedback, information to share, or spot the need for a correction? Let us know - And don't forget to include your source! This book, created for ABRWH to address Area I, II & III worker inclusion to EEOICPA, does not address a complete history of SSFL, its current environmental situation, or the entirety of its historical achievements; it was created expressly for ABRWH to address DOE operations and proprietary interests in Areas I, II & III for the purpose of correcting site history on behalf of SSFL workers, who are deserving of a fair shake under EEOICPA.
Special thanks to William Preston Bowling, John Pace, and Bonnie Klea for their generous contributions to the guidebooks.

DOE's own published documents show that Areas I, II & III fulfill the statutory definition of a "DOE Facility" under the Act, which justifies the expansion of EEOICPA's "covered area" to include Areas I, II & III (and the workers therein, who were employed by DOE, its contractors or subcontractors). Further, this information supports the need for a site-wide radiological survey that includes Areas I, II & III to ensure an informed and responsible environmental cleanup.

"All Area IV towers release their blowdown to the drainage ditch, which eventually leads to Pond R2-B [Area II]."
- U.S. Department of Energy
Environment, Safety & Health Office of Environmental Audit
"DOE Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory," February, 1989. P. 3-45, Surface Water.