State denies old lab superfund status

January 13, 2009 10:07:56 PM PST
California environmental officials have rejected national Superfund designation for the old Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

State Environmental Protection Agency officials say they can do a quicker and more thorough clean up of the contaminated 2,850-acre site in the hills bordering Los Angeles and Ventura counties. California says it has developed "a momentum in building a binding cleanup agreement" with the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and Boeing Co., owners of the site. Superfund cleanup would allow a lower federal standard. Nuclear research was performed at the site from the 1950s through 1998. There were 10 nuclear reactors, one of which had a partial meltdown.