Environment and Health
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory neighbors a number of local communities and serves as a habitat for native plants and animals. Extensive analysis from multiple federal and state agencies reveals that communities near Area IV are safe. However, there is contamination onsite that needs to be addressed. This section includes information about environmental monitoring, cultural and biological studies, engagement with the local community and former worker health and safety.
It’s a key part of DOE’s mission to address stakeholders’ questions about how DOE protects past, present, and future workers, and what DOE is doing to monitor and protect the surrounding environment and communities.
- Soil studies to identify chemical contamination and evaluate treatment options
- EPA radioactivity study to evaluate the extent of radiological contamination
- Ongoing groundwater monitoring of wells around Area IV
- Worker health and safety programs for past and present employees and contractors
- Community health studies on the areas surrounding Area IV
- Cultural studies on sensitive onsite historic properties
- Endangered species assessments for threatened plants and animals onsite