The state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Department of Public Health gave Boeing the go-ahead with the tear-down of five buildings, but Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog doesn't want the effort to move forward until an environmental impact report is completed, which, by all estimates, could happen in 2015, according to the Daily News.
The 2,900-square-foot site was the site of a partial meltdown in 1959 and the complainant is concerned about radioactive debris being hauled off to sites that are not prepared for hosting such materials, the Daily News reports.
Boeing voluntarily held off on demolition for now, but is claiming that the lawsuit is without merit for several reasons:
- The five remaining Boeing-owned, former radiological buildings in Area IV were decommissioned, decontaminated, and surveyed by regulators to be "released for unrestricted use.
- This means that these buildings pose no public health risk and do not require further regulatory radiological controls for use or demolition.
- Building demolition waste has been properly disposed of at facilities permitted to accept this type of waste.
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