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April 12, 2007                                                                                                                                       (202) 228-3102 direct, (202) 302-7086 cell


U.S. Senate Committee on
Environment and Public Works


Statement of Senator Boxer on
EPA Announcement Regarding
Santa Susanna Toxic Waste Site



U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, made the following remarks in response to the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency will examine the threats posed by toxic contamination at the entire Santa Susanna Field Laboratory site in Ventura County, Calif., as a first step in assessing whether the site should be listed on Superfund’s national priorities list. 


Senator Boxer said, “The EPA’s long-overdue decision to reexamine contamination at the Santa Susanna site is a step in the right direction for the families in Ventura County.  Now, EPA should as quickly as possible ensure that public health is protected by using the best information to make its decisions, not old or inadequate data that could mask the dangers posed by radiation and chemicals at the site.”