Smith Supports Cleanup Efforts

As a resident of Simi Valley for nearly 44 years, I am especially interested to learn what our representative in Congress can do at the federal level to help us here at home.

When it comes to issues specific to Simi Valley, I can think of nothing more important than the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

The chemical and radioactive contamination at SSFL has threatened our health for far too long, as well as lowering property values in the valley. The citizens of Simi Valley have waited for years for action from NASA and the federal Department of Energy.

Given my concerns, I wanted to see what our current candidates for Congress have to say on the subject. On April 21 I went to Christy Smith’s website and found one of her stated priorities is: “We have a lot of work to do to protect the air our children breathe and water they drink here at home, including shutting down the Aliso Canyon gas facility and ensuring aggressive oversight of our district’s two toxic waste clean-up sites, Santa Susana Field Laboratory and Whittaker Bermite, and three landfills, Sunshine Canyon, Chiquita Canyon, and Simi Valley.”

I then visited Mike Garcia’s website to learn his position on the issue. I looked up and down, and try as I might, I could not find even one word devoted to the subject. Apparently he is not aware of the problem, or maybe it’s not an issue for him. Either way, I’m voting for Smith.

George Helfand Simi Valley

Published in the Simi Valley Acorn

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