KETTLEMAN CITY — Radioactive waste from a former nuclear and rocket-research site near Los Angeles will not be dumped in a Kings County landfill.
Waste Management, which runs a hazardous-waste landfill in the Kettleman Hills, notified the California Environmental Protection Agency this month that it won't accept hazardous waste from Boeing's Santa Susana Field Lab.
Kettleman City is about 50 miles southwest of Fresno, along Interstate 5.
The decision was announced by Waste Management's senior district manager Robert Henry in a letter sent to state EPA Secretary Linda Adams.
Fear over radioactive waste from the Boeing site has been a key point for opponents of a landfill expansion. In a statement, Maricela Mares Alatorre of the Kettleman City group People for Clean Air and Water called the decision "a great victory for our community."
Waste Management spokeswoman Helen Herrera said the decision was not related to the landfill opponents, but to community concerns and regulatory issues over the types of waste the landfill can accept.
In his letter to Adams, Henry cited "uncertainty and community concerns about levels of radioactive constituents" in waste from Santa Susana.
From 1947 to 2006, Santa Susana — about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, in Ventura County — was used to test rocket engines for the space program. Until 1988, some of the site was used for nu- clear energy research.