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Cleanup Administered by NASA
NASA is actively engaged in ongoing cleanup activities at the Santa Susana Field
Laboratory (SSFL). We take full responsibility for cleanup of chemicals in Area
II and the Area
I parcel including those released prior to NASA’s acquisition of the land.
Extensive site investigations indicate that chemicals from rocket testing and engine
cleaning made their way into several "media" (soil, soil vapor, surface
water, bedrock and groundwater). Some of the chemicals on NASA-adminstered property
include solvents, petroleum products polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, and metals. NASA continues to make
progress investigating and cleaning up Area II
and its Area I parcel. NASA also is working
cooperatively with the Boeing Company and the Department of Energy (DOE) as they
conduct cleanup in Areas they own as part of the overall SSFL-wide cleanup program.
The SSFL cleanup program is led by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
Site cleanup activities at SSFL began under the authority of the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action program, which is used at sites that hold
a RCRA permit for on-site treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste. The
RCRA corrective action process involves the following steps:
RCRA Facility Assessment (RFA) – An RFA is performed at a facility to evaluate
the existence of any continuous or non-continuous releases of wastes
RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) – A thorough evaluation and assessment of
the nature, rate, and extent of the hazardous waste releases and hazardous constituents
at a facility where the RFA reveals potential concerns
The previously submitted RFI reports for Groups 2, 3, 4, and 9 (which include the
NASA sites at SSFL) can be found in the
RFI - Soils section of the DTSC Document Library
Corrective Measures Study (CMS) – A study that develops and evaluates methods
for addressing hazardous waste releases identified in the RFI
Corrective Measures Implementation (CMI) – A plan that includes engineering
design, construction, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of the corrective measures
found in the CMS
California State Senate Bill SB 990 was codified as California Health and Safety
Code Section 25359.20, effective January 1, 2008. As a result of this new direction
from the State legislature, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control
is transitioning their oversight of the SSFL cleanup from the State's RCRA Program
to the California State CERCLA Program. A new Consent Order is being negotiated
to finalize this transition. Cleanup at the SSFL will continue to be overseen by
and will meet strict federal and state cleanup standards. NASA is committed to cleaning
up Area II and its Area
I parcel to a level that is protective of public health and the environment
and that meets regulatory processes and requirements.
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