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Environmental Impact Statement

The Notice of Availability for the NASA Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for demolition and environmental cleanup activities of property administered by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California has been published in the Federal Register

Availability of the FEIS

NASA has completed preparation of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for proposed demolition and cleanup.

The Notice of Availability (NOA) External site icon was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2014.

NASA considered all comments received on the Draft EIS (DEIS) in preparing the FEIS. Comments received on the DEIS and NASA’s responses to those comments are included as Appendix K.

The members of the SSFL EIS project team would like to thank all of the agencies, organizations, and individuals for their helpful input in developing the EIS. We look forward to continued coordination with you.

Record of Decision

NASA will issue a Record of Decision (ROD) based on the FEIS no sooner than 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register of the NOA of the FEIS. NASA's ROD will be made available, once issued, on this website.

Where to Find It

The FEIS and appendices are available for viewing or download through two links (same materials at each) and in print at the information repositories.

Email links to download the FEIS and appendices, are at the following locations.

The FEIS may be reviewed in print at the following locations:

For Further Information

  • If you have questions regarding the FEIS or the environmental review process, or would like to request a CD of the FEIS and Appendices, please contact Allen Elliott, SSFL Project Director, by phone at (256) 544-0662 or by e-mail at msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov.
  • Additional information about NASA’s SSFL site, the proposed demolition and cleanup activities, and the associated EIS planning process and documentation (as available) may be found on the internet at http://ssfl.msfc.nasa.gov (this site).

The NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for demolition and environmental cleanup activities of property administered by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California is now available for review. The Public Comment Period closes on September 16, 2013 October 1, 2013.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available online and in printed form at the Information Repositories, listed below. The Notice of Availability (NOA) has been published in the Federal Register.

A Notice of Extension (NOE) (PDF) External site icon was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2013. The only change was extension of the public comment period to October 1, 2013.

Links to online documents:

A limited number of copies of the DEIS are available on a first-come basis. To obtain a copy, contact Allen Elliott, SSFL Program Director, by phone at (256) 544-0662 or by e-mail at msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov.

Your comments on the NASA DEIS must be submitted on or before September 16, 2013 October 1, 2013, and may be submitted in the following ways:

  • In writing to Allen Elliott, SSFL Program Director, NASA MSFC AS01, Building 4494, Huntsville, AL 35812;
  • Via e-mail to msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov;
  • By oral public comment at one of two public meetings at the following times and location. The public comment meetings are for the public to hear a summary of the DEIS and to provide comments on the record for NASA’s consideration.
Public Comment Meetings
Date and Time Address City
Tuesday, 8/27/13
2 - 4 p.m.
Auditorium, Corporate Pointe,
8413 Fallbrook Avenue,
West Hills, CA 91304
West Hills, California
Wednesday, 8/28/13
6 - 8 p.m.
Auditorium, Corporate Pointe,
8413 Fallbrook Avenue,
West Hills, CA 91304
West Hills, California

Presentation at DEIS Public Comment Meetings (PDF) - NASA presented these slides at the Public Comment meetings on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 in West Hills, Calif.

Information Repositories

For any questions regarding the upcoming meetings, how to provide comments, or regarding other matters pertaining to NASA’s administration of land at Santa Susana Field Lab, please call Merrilee Fellows at (818) 393-0754 or contact her by email at mfellows@nasa.gov.

Additional Information

Update on NASA’s National Environmental Policy Act Compliance for Santa Susana Field Laboratory

July 18, 2012

NASA remains committed to a proposed cleanup to background that will meet the Administrative Order on Consent between DTSC and NASA.

We received comments from Senator Boxer and the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the evaluation of alternatives for the preparation of our Environmental Impact Statement. As a result, NASA has chosen to streamline its review in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and analyze only the alternatives of (a) cleanup to background and (b) the “no-action” alternative.

NASA is moving forward with preparation of its DEIS and anticipates providing the DEIS for public comment this autumn.

We soon will be posting to our website at http://ssfl.msfc.nasa.gov (this site) this update along with recent correspondence (below) between NASA and Director Raphael, between NASA and Senator Boxer and between the Council on Environmental Quality and Senator Boxer.

Allen Elliott
Program Director, Santa Susana Field Laboratory

Recent Correspondence

"Text" versions of these letters are provided to meet Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Slides from NASA Community Informational Meeting of March 27, 2012

At the March 27, 2012 Community Informational Meeting, these slides were presented.

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) Section 106

NASA is preparing for the NHPA Section 106 consultation process and is seeking interested community groups and members of the public to become consulting parties. Individuals or organizations with a demonstrated interest in the effects of the undertaking on historic properties may request to become consulting parties. For more information on this process and to request consulting party status, please see the NHPA Section 106 page on this site.

EIS Scoping Meetings

NOTICE: The official comment period to submit remarks on NASA's 'scoping' of its Environmental Impact Statement ended September 19, 2011. If you have questions on any aspect of NASA's EIS process or about NASA's cleanup of the site, or if you would like to be added to the distribution list for future electronic updates, please contact Merrilee Fellows at 818.393.0754 or by email at mfellows@nasa.gov.

UPDATE: The NASA SSFL EIS Scoping Meeting presentation, as presented at these meetings, is available on this site. In addition, the Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed NASA Environmental Cleanup Activities and Demolition (PDF) fact sheet provides a more information regarding the the proposals and alternatives being considered.

NASA will be holding “scoping meetings” on its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) next week. NASA’s presentations will briefly describe the reasons for the EIS, the range of alternatives and a very general mention of the technical approaches to achieve those alternatives, impact areas to be evaluated and the way historic and archaeologic resources will be considered as we begin to develop the Environmental Impact Statement. The two evening meetings will begin at 6:00 with a chance to informally review posters and talk with a NASA representative at the individual posters about the aspects that the EIS is likely to cover. At about 6:30 NASA will make less than a half hour of presentations, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session between members of the public and NASA. That will be followed by an official opportunity, transcribed by court reporter, to submit public comments on the record. The morning meeting will begin with the informal poster session at 9:30 a.m.

NASA will host meetings with the community at the following locations and dates:

  1. August 16 – Chatsworth 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Chatsworth Hotel
    9777 Topanga Canyon Road
    Chatsworth, CA 91311

    Note: The hotel only may be entered when heading south on Topanga Canyon Blvd (TCB). To enter heading north, make a U-turn at Lassen St. The hotel entrance arises abruptly as you round the corner on TCB after you pass Lassen St.

    Large map for Chatsworth Hotel External site icon
  2. August 17 – Simi Valley 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Vista
    999 Enchanted Way
    Simi Valley, CA 93065
    Large map for Grand Vista External site icon
  3. August 18 – West Hills 9:30 a.m – 12:00 at the Corporate Pointe at West Hills
    8413 Fallbrook Ave.
    West Hills, CA 91304

    Legend:

    • Yellow map icon for Corporate Pointe Entrance Entrance
    • Green map icon for Corporate Pointe Parking Parking
    • Blue map icon for Corporate Pointe Auditorium Auditorium

    Enter the Corporate Pointe facility from Fallbrook Avenue at the entrance marked with the yellow marker, turn right and park in the parking lot marked with the green marker. The auditorium is in the building just west of the parking lot and is marked with the blue marker.

    Large map for Corporate Pointe at West Hills External site icon

If you have any questions, please contact Merrilee Fellows at (818) 393-0754 or email mfellows@nasa.gov.

The proposed action and potential impacts to the environment and community will be described in an Environmental Impact Statement report.

Comment Period on EIS Scoping

Comments submitted by September 19 will be considered in developing the Environmental Impact Statement. Comments should be submitted to: msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov (Note: Since the comment period has ended, this email address has been disabled).

Additional Information

The following document provides more information about the NEPA process.

Unless otherwise indicated, all images are provided by NASA.

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