Boeing is committed to doing its part to clean up locations affected by our past business operations.
Protecting human health and the environment in the communities where we operate remains our top priority. We are engaged and play a leadership role with local communities, remediation professionals and regulatory authorities to find the best cleanup solutions and conduct our work in an open and transparent manner.
In 2007, Boeing made a landmark commitment to dedicate nearly 2,400 acres of land in the Santa Susana Mountains of California to open space parkland upon completion of a thorough and timely cleanup of the former rocket-test and nuclear energy research site. The cleanup will be conducted in compliance with stringent regulatory standards and final remedy activities will be complete by 2017. More than 15 key compliance deliverables were submitted in 2007, including work plans, investigative reports and data summaries.
To expedite cleanup activities, we continually evaluate and employ innovative engineering technologies. For example, our team in Santa Susana has partnered with regulatory agencies, the community and leading professionals to develop and implement advanced, cutting-edge technologies for the treatment of stormwater runoff from the site.
Managing stormwater runoff from the site continues to be a technical challenge, and in 2007 Boeing paid a $471,000 penalty for failing to meet local water quality standards—approximately half of which was paid in support of research on water quality improvement, research and education programs in the local area. Boeing considers such events unacceptable and is working to implement the engineering improvements to ensure regulatory compliance.
Like our operating business, Boeing remediation staff utilize Lean+ approaches for continual process improvement and sustainability.
We have also achieved significant progress in our continuing efforts to finalize cleanup plans for the Duwamish Waterway in Washington State. Boeing continues to work closely with local, state and federal agencies, local community groups and tribes to develop cleanup plans. While this work is taking place, we have been aggressively cleaning up sources of potential contaminants from our historic operations at Boeing Field and adjacent areas.
Boeing continued to make significant progress on other remediation programs in 2007. Highlights included achieving major milestones in initiating groundwater cleanup at several projects in California and obtaining agency approval on the final soil and groundwater cleanup plans for the former Chemical Commodities Inc. Superfund site in Kansas. Steady progress was made at numerous other sites with the achievement of intermediate milestones that will ultimately lead to completion of investigation and cleanup activities at these sites.