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New NASA Audit Questioning Agency’s Plans To Clean Up Former Rocket Testing, Nuclear Lab Site Near Simi Valley

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:25pm

An audit is raising questions about NASA’s plans to clean up toxic wastes from property it owns at a former rocket testing, and nuclear lab site near Simi Valley, saying what’s proposed may be unnecessarily costly.

The space agency has estimated it would cost about $200 million dollars to deal with the problems identified at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

But, a new report by NASA’s inspector general says the proposed efforts to reduce radiation contamination to background levels are excessive, given the limited availability of funding.

It says the agency should reconsider its plans, especially with plans calling for a prohibition of development on the site, and the property to eventually be used as parkland.

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