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For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2018
For more information contact:
Public Health Communications
(213) 240-8144
media@ph.lacounty.gov


Public Health Statement on Santa Susana Field Laboratory

LOS ANGELES –At the request of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) performed an assessment of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) due to nearby wildfire activity burning through portions of the facility.

Public Health officials traveled to the facility and performed nuclide identification, collected air samples, and operated multiple radiation detection units. There was no discernible level of radiation in the tested area. Public Health has discussed with the California Department of Toxic Substances and partner agencies their preliminary findings, and all found no evidence of discernible radiation in areas they tested around the facility.

Although the SSFL is located in Ventura County and is regulated by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, multiple agencies took measurements of radiation and hazards compounds including the 9th Civil Support Team, the Department of Energy Radiological Assistance Program, and California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Results reported from the agencies concur with Public Health’s assessment.

Public Health will continue to work with partner agencies to monitor the facility and respond to the fire event. For health information, visit www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov.

For updated information on the evacuation centers, animal shelters, road closures and wildfires, visit www.lacounty .gov/woolseyfire or follow @CountyofLA on Twitter.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of over 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,100 employees and has an annual budget of $1 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lap ublichealth, instagram. com/lapublichealth, facebook.co m/lapublichealth and youtube.com/ lapublichealth.


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