I am on email list for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), regarding the Santa Susana Field Lab cleanup, and wanted to share their email of 10-17:
“DTSC is aware that the Santa Inez Band of the Chumash Indian Tribe has contacted the U.S. General Services Administration seeking fee title to the NASA property. In news articles, the band has stated it intends to purchase the property in order to protect the Burro Flats Painted Cave as a cultural resource.
The Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) that DTSC negotiated with NASA in 2010 governs the cleanup of the NASA property at SSFL. NASA is and will remain obligated to carry out the cleanup and other commitments it made in the AOC regardless of whether the property changes hands. DTSC will ensure that NASA carries out the AOC commitments and cleans up the site as that order requires.
The NASA AOC anticipated the need for sensitivity toward and accommodation of cultural resources as the cleanup process proceeds. Regardless of whether the tribe is a landowner or representing tribal interests as a stakeholder, DTSC is committed to working with the tribe and others in the investigation and cleanup process, along with the related CEQA analysis, to ensure that the legally binding clean-up standards in the AOC are et and that cultural and natural resources are protected and restored.” For additional assistance please contact Zenzi Poindexter, Public Participation Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor; There was an article about this in the VC Star this past week. I have searched and can’t find it…sorry.