UPDATE REGARDING THE SAFETY OF AJU’S BRANDEIS-BARDIN CAMPUS
Posted: March 2, 2017
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
March 2, 2017
As we shared with you in November, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) has reviewed numerous environmental studies--including two from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the past 20 year--and found that the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of AJU is safe. This was confirmed in a letter written by the director of DTSC to California State Assemblyman Matt Dababneh. The letter reiterates that our property is safe, and this opinion is consistent with a public statement made by DTSC at its November 5, 2015 Community Update meeting and again during its April 12, 2016 Community Update meeting.
Because DTSC’s initial lettter to Assemblyman Dababneh included concerns unrelated to our property, further clarification was sought from DTSC about Brandeis Bardin’s safety. We encourage you to read the latest letter from DTSC Director, Barbara Lee to Assemblyman Dababneh, dated December 22, 2016. We appreciate Assemblyman Dababneh’s continued effort to seek clarity on the safety of Brandeis Bardin and the surrounding properties. We also appreciate DTSC’s additional statement reconfirming the safety of our Brandeis-Bardin campus.
AJU’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our campers, staff, students, faculty and visitors. We continue to monitor the safety of the Brandeis Bardin property with regularity, and we will make new data and findings available to you as we receive them.
As we have cautioned before, from time to time you are likely to hear criticism from the media, political advocates or others, who express opinions that are not supported by the evidence. However, we stand our conviction that it is the scientists and experts at DTSC and EPA who should make judgments about the safety of the properties adjoining the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. It is also they who should determine what steps ought to be taken to complete the clean up the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory including the properties controlled by Boeing, the Department of Energy and NASA.
AJU is confident that our Brandeis-Bardin property is safe, based on the long history of analysis that can be seen in the links on this site. With regard to the cleanup of the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory itself, our primary concern is that our property and the properties of our neighbors remain safe and uncompromised.
Dr. Robert Wexler