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EEOICPA Covered Facilities: Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

The EEOICPA was passed in 2000. It provides compensation to workers who became ill as a result of their employment manufacturing nuclear weapons in the USA, as well as their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory EEOICPA coverage is available for qualified former Workers and their families.

Are you eligible for compensation? If you or a family member worked at this or another DOE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-548-4494 or fill out our free claim evaluation, We can help even if you’ve already filed, even if your claim was denied!

Here, we have compiled publicly available information and documentation about the facilities covered by the Act to clarify how their activities relate to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

Also Known As: Nuclear Development Field Laboratory (NDFL), Liquid Metal Engineering Center (LMEC),  Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETC)
State: California
Location: Santa Susana, Area IV
Time Period: DOE 1955-1988; DOE remediation 1988-present
Facility Type: Department of Energy

Facility Description:
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is located in eastern Ventura County, California, and borders Los Angeles County. TheSSFL is divided into four administrative and operational portions based on ownership and operations. Area IV was devoted to nuclear operations. It is Area IV that is covered under EEOICPA as a DOE facility.

Coverage includes, but is not necessarily limited to the following operations:

  • The Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC), the Nuclear Development Field Laboratory (NDFL), and the Liquid Metal Engineering Center (LMEC). This also includes the Sodium Reactor Experiment Facility, the Kinetics Experiment Water Boiler Facility, the Water Boiler Neutron source (which is also known as the AE-6/L-85 Facility), the Organic Moderated Reactor, as well as facilities in Area IV associated with the Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power (SNAP) Program; the Sodium Graphite Reactor Critical Facility, the Shield Test Experiment/Shield Test Irradiation Reactor Facility, the Advanced Epithermal Thorium Test Facility, the Hot Lab Facility, the Fuel Storage Facility, the Radioactive Measurement Facility, the Radioactive Material Handling Facility, the Van De Graaff Accelerator Facility and the Radiation Instrument Calibration Laboratory.
  • Decontamination, decommissioning and demolition of radiological facilities in Area IV has been funded by the DOE beginning in the 1970’s, but predominantly since 1988.

Throughout the course of operations in Area IV, the potential for beryllium exposure existed.

Contractors: The Boeing Company (1996-present); Rockwell International (1973-1996); North American Rockwell (1968-1973); North American Aviation (1955-1967).

Listing:
Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is listed as an Department of Energy (DOE) site under the EEOICPA.

Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
The SEC classes for Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory  include:

  • All employees of the Department of Energy (DOE), its predecessor agencies, and DOE contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days from January 1, 1955 through December 31, 1958, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the SEC.
  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory from January 1, 1959 through December 31, 1964, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the SEC.
  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors or subcontractors who worked in any area of Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, California from January 1, 1965, through December 31, 1988, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the SEC.

History:
Area IV of Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a section of a now closed research facility located in California about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. In 1947, the site was chosen for testing liquid-propelled rocket engines, the placement of nuclear reactors, and a U.S. government sponsored liquid metals research center. The area was divided into four production areas (I-IV) and two buffer areas. Production area IV was used mainly for nuclear reactor experimentation. More than ten nuclear reactors were built in Area IV and at least four of them suffered fires. In 1959, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred. A massive cleanup was started by DOE and NASA in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The major portion of the land will be turned into a park and permanently restricted to nonresidential and noncommercial use.

Compensation:
As of 01/11/2023, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is  $85,136,983. Click here for a current accounting of compensation paid to former Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Workers under the EEOICPA.

Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other DOE or AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $400K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.

We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.

Videos:
Further History of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory can be seen below:

Another perspective of the activities at Santa Susana can be seen in this video:

Some more personal histories of the activities at Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, specifically concerning a meltdown that occurred at the site in 1959, can be seen below:

Part I –

Part II –

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DOCUMENTS:

NIOSH:
SEC Petition Evaluation Report Petition SEC-00234 – Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: October 11, 2016

SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00156 – Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: January 12, 2010

SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00093 – Report Rev #: 1
Report Submittal Date: April 28, 2009

SEC Petition Evaluation Report – Petition SEC-00093 – Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: February 6, 2008

SC&A
Status Report on the Review of the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) Site Profile, SEC Petition, and SEC Petition Evaluation Report Prepared for the SSFL work group meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 20, 2010 Prepared by SC&A, Inc.
April 15, 2010

Draft White Paper – REVIEW OF DATABASE USED TO DEVELOP ORAUT-OTIB-0077: EXTERNAL COWORKER DOSIMETRY DATA FOR AREA IV OF THE SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY
March 2010

Draft ADVISORY BOARD ON RADIATION AND WORKER HEALTH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Review of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) Area IV Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Petition-00093 and the NIOSH SEC Petition Evaluation Report
October 2009

Draft ADVISORY BOARD ON RADIATION AND WORKER HEALTH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Review of the NIOSH Site Profile for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory
August 2008

DOE:
Tiger Team Assessment of the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) at Santa Susana Field Laboratory