No. Since 1990, numerous studies conducted by government agencies, university researchers and others have examined cancer rates in the communities surrounding Santa Susana. It is not unusual for multiple studies to be conducted and come to different conclusions, which is why one must look at all of them. Taken together, the studies do not support a link between incidences of cancer and past operations at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).
The two most recent studies were performed by Professor Lewis Morgenstern of the University of Michigan and Professor Thomas Mack of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
A 2007 study by Professor Morgenstern concluded, “The results from this study suggest little or no association between residential distance from SSFL and the incidence of all cancers or the group of (radio-sensitive) malignancies thought to be affected by ionizing radiation. There was, however, a weak positive association during both follow-up periods between distance from SSFL and the group of (chemo-sensitive) malignancies thought to be affected by exposure to chemicals used at Rocketdyne.” The study further concluded, “Furthermore, we have no direct evidence that the associations we observed, even if they reflect real differences among the three regions, necessarily reflect the effects of environmental exposures originating at SSFL.”
A 2014 study by Professor Mack concluded, “No evidence of measurable offsite cancer causation occurring as a result of emissions from the SSFL was found. Further, no evidence of any cancer causation by any environmental factor was found.” Dr. Mack presented his findings at a DTSC public meeting in April 2014.
An overview of epidemiological and community health studies can be found here.