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Grant Awarded to California for Oversight of Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup

November 5, 2012 - 12:00pm


Cincinnati - The Department of Energy today awarded a grant to the State of California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) for regulatory functions necessary to oversee investigation and cleanup at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) project at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), Canoga Park, California. The $5.6 million grant has five one-year performance periods.

DOE must comply with the requirements for characterization and cleanup in the 2007 Consent Order with the State of California for groundwater and the 2010 Administrative Order on Consent for soils.

ETEC’s historic mission involved nuclear research and development for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, a predecessor to DOE. In the mid-1950s, a part of Area IV of SSFL was set aside for nuclear reactor development and testing – primarily related to the development of nuclear power plants and space power systems, using sodium as coolants.