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SB-1054 Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1054


Introduced by Senator Hertzberg

February 12, 2018


An act to add Section 25359.21 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to hazardous materials.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1054, as introduced, Hertzberg. Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to compel a responsible party to take or pay for appropriate removal or remediation action necessary to protect the public health and safety and the environment at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site in Ventura County. Existing law prohibits the sale, lease, sublease, or transfer of land presently or formerly occupied by the Santa Susana Field Laboratory unless the Director of Toxic Substances Control or his or her designee certifies that the land has undergone complete remediation pursuant to specified protective standards.
This bill would require the department to provide the public with a monthly status report on the projected completion dates of all environmental review documents and all approved soil or groundwater cleanup plans related to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup effort.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In 2007, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Boeing Company voluntarily entered into a consent order for corrective action (Consent Order) with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for the cleanup of chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in the County of Ventura.
(b) Pursuant to the 2007 Consent Order, the cleanup of chemically contaminated soil and the construction of groundwater cleanup remedies were to be completed by June 30, 2017.
(c) In 2010, the DOE and NASA voluntarily entered into Administrative Orders on Consent for Remedial Action (AOCs) with DTSC for the cleanup of radioactive and chemical contamination at the SSFL.
(d) Pursuant to the 2010 AOCs, the deadline for cleanup of soil and construction of groundwater cleanup remedies remained June 30, 2017.
(e) As of 2018, aside from a few interim measures, the cleanup has not yet begun.
(f) In September of 2017, DTSC issued a draft program environmental impact report (draft PEIR) for SSFL for public comment, which was issued years late and after the deadlines set forth in the 2007 Consent Order and the 2010 AOCs.
(g) To make matters worse, the draft PEIR postpones until later stages the identification of the specific cleanup actions to be considered and the review of those actions.
(h) The Legislature and many in the community near the SSFL are concerned about the long delays.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25359.21 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

25359.21.
 The department shall provide the public with a monthly status report on both of the following:
(a) The projected completion dates for all environmental documents prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) for the Santa Susana Field laboratory cleanup.
(b) All approved soil or groundwater cleanup plans regarding the Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances regarding the Santa Susana Field Laboratory cleanup.