Information on the safety of the Brandeis-Bardin property

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Posted: May 4, 2017


May 4, 2017

Dear AJU Community:

For quite some time, we have been awaiting an official, formal statement from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) regarding the safety of our property. Please read the DTSC's Community Update on Brandeis-Bardin.

We could not be more pleased that the DTSC has now affirmed officially, publicly and definitively what they have been telling us all along—the Brandeis-Bardin property is safe. Here is an excerpt from that statement:

(DTSC Community Update May 2017)

"The Brandeis-Bardin Institute Campus is safe for use by Faculty, Staff, Students, and Campers. Contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) does not pose a health threat to users (e.g., campers, visitors, students, faculty, administrators or staff) of Brandeis-Bardin Institute, or other off-site areas."

This more general DTSC statement (Community Update) is accompanied by an extensive technical memo evaluating more than 25 years of data gathered from the Brandeis-Bardin Campus and an Executive Summary written for a lay readership. This analysis includes studies conducted over many years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Health, Tetra Tech, and others. This analysis also reviewed the many years of monitoring by the Brandeis-Bardin Institute and now American Jewish University.

Here are some additional updates relating to work that has recently been done--

  • We were informed by the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board that, notwithstanding the heavy rainfalls, no substance exceedance from the neighboring Santa Susana Field Laboratory has been detected in the storm water running off onto Brandeis-Bardin. In other words, as DTSC confirmed, nothing harmful is coming onto our property from the SSFL.
  • Although the claims of harmful, off-site migration from SSFL have all been false, nevertheless, we continue to conduct our own studies. Our latest round of testing occurred in mid-January. We are happy to report that this sampling data is consistent with many years of previous sampling data and shows Brandeis-Bardin to be safe for our campers, staff, and visitors. For more information, please see our 2017 Winter Testing Results.

We greatly appreciate DTSC's efforts in making this statement available to the public.

Robert Wexler Sig
Dr. Robert Wexler