Santa Susana

Regulatory Oversight

The site has ongoing environmental monitoring and cleanup programs that are performed under the oversight of local, state and federal agencies. We work with the regulatory agencies to ensure that our operations are conducted safely and in full compliance with regulations. Below is a list of regulatory agencies with oversight responsibility for our operations:

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - Radiological Health Branch

CDPH enforces the radiation control laws and regulations designed to protect radiation workers, the public and the environment. Boeing is licensed by the CDPH to handle radioactive materials at Santa Susana. Although the CDPH does not have regulatory authority over DOE activities at the site, DOE and Boeing have requested that the CDPH verify radiological cleanup procedures and activities. After each site is cleaned up, final sampling results, as well as verification sampling performed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), were submitted to the CDPH for review. Independent measurements and evaluations were made by the CDPH to confirm that these standards were met.
More information:
Jerry Hensley
1500 Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 440-7966

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), DTSC oversees the investigation and cleanup of groundwater and soil contaminated with chemicals at Santa Susana. Also under RCRA, DTSC has the authority to issue and enforce hazardous waste facility permits. Permits are needed for facilities which treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste at their facility. Boeing has four areas under DTSC permits, and DTSC oversees all chemical (non-radioactive) hazardous waste activities in these areas.
More information:
Susan Callery
9211 Oakdale Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 717-6567

Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) - Los Angeles Region

The RWQCB is the lead agency responsible for regulating surface water discharge activities at Santa Susana. Under the authority of the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), the RWQCB sets maximum limits for chemical and radiological contaminants in surface water discharged from the site. These limits, along with requirements for discharge sampling, are incorporated into the site's NPDES Permit which must be renewed every five years. The RWQCB also shares responsibilities with DTSC for monitoring discharges to the groundwater.
More information:
RWQCB Los Angeles Region
320 West 4th Street, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 576-6600

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE provides project funding and oversight of environmental monitoring and restoration activities conducted through the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC), located in Area IV at Santa Susana. Activities include site characterization surveys to determine the extent and nature of radioactive contaminants on DOE portions of the site. The DOE also oversees decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) activities associated with the inactive and surplus DOE facilities at Santa Susana that have been contaminated with radioactive or hazardous materials. DOE involvement in the D&D process includes the following: review and approval of D&D plans, oversight of D&D processes and coordination of radiological surveys for final release of facilities after D&D completion. All radioactive wastes are processed for disposal at DOE-approved disposal sites, while non-radioactive hazardous wastes shipped to State-approved disposal sites. The DOE conducts periodic inspections of disposal processing activities (including packaging, labeling and temporary storage) to ensure compliance with applicable DOE orders and policies covering waste disposal.
More information:
Thomas Johnson
U. S. Dept of Energy
P.O. Box 10300
Canoga Park, CA 91309

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD)

The VCAPCD is the lead agency responsible for regulating non-radioactive air emissions at Santa Susana. The VCAPCD is responsible for establishing and enforcing local air pollution regulations that meet or exceed requirements of the Federal and California State Clean Air Acts, and the California Health and Safety Code. The VCAPCD also is responsible for issuing permits that establish requirements for construction, modification and operation of equipment and processes that may result in air emissions. Santa Susana currently has two VCAPCD air permits, covering various process equipment and groundwater treatment facilities.
More information:
Kerby Zozula
669 County Square Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 645-1421

Ventura County Environmental Health Division (VCEHD)

Through an agreement with the State of California, the VCEHD is responsible for enforcing regulations on hazardous waste generation, including manifest preparation (shipping documentation) and temporary on-site storage. The VCEHD also administers state requirements for developing a risk management and prevention program, which is required of all facilities that store hazardous materials.
More information:
Ventura County Environmental Health Division
Government Center
Administration Building
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2813

The following agency has no oversight role at the site, but is involved in meetings regarding the cleanup:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 9

EPA provides logistical support for Workgroup meetings (a facilitator and venue) and technical consultation to lead oversight agencies on a limited basis.
More information:
John Beach
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code WST-5
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 972-3347