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Fact Sheets

NASA has prepared the following fact sheets about environmental investigations and cleanup activities at the SSFL. Fact sheets will be updated, and new fact sheets added as we continue to make progress.

SSFL Past & Present: An Overview of NASA-Administered Land, 2013

SSFL Past & Present: An Overview of NASA-Administered Land, 2013

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the historical operations carried out on NASA-administered land at SSFL. It describes groundwater, surface water, and soil cleanup actions underway as part of NASA's commitment to clean up chemicals in the environment that remain from past operations.

Fact Sheet: SSFL Past & Present: An Overview of NASA-Administered Land, 2013 Adobe PDF icon

Environmental Impact Statement for SSFL

Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed NASA Environmental Cleanup Activities and Demolition

This fact sheet provides a description of the proposals and alternatives being considered for the Environmental Impact Statement being prepared for SSFL.

Fact Sheet: Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed NASA Environmental Cleanup Activities and Demolition Adobe PDF icon

Space Mission Engine Testing at the SSFL

A Look Back at Space Mission Engine Testing at the SSFL

This fact sheet provides a look back at NASA's rocket engine testing at SSFL, primarily for the Apollo Program and the Space Shuttle Main Engine, beginning in the 1950s through the 1990s.

Fact Sheet: A Look Back at Space Mission Engine Testing at the SSFL Adobe PDF icon

SSFL Archaeological Resources Survey

SSFL Archaeological Resources Survey

A site-wide Cultural Resources Inventory of federally-owned Areas I and II was completed in April 2008. The goals of this survey were twofold: to determine whether there were any previously unrecorded cultural resources on the lands administered by NASA, and to better understand the nature and extent of the previously recorded Burro Flats Painted Cave site. This effort assists NASA in complying with Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which directs Federal agencies to identify historic properties, including archaeological resources. Having this comprehensive inventory enables NASA to better manage these resources.

Fact Sheet: SSFL Archaeological Resources Survey Adobe PDF icon

An Overview of NASA's History at SSFL

An Overview of NASA

NASA administers 451.2 acres of federal property in two areas of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) and has operated here since 1973, when we first acquired land from the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Prior to 1973, NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) conducted testing at SSFL in cooperation with the USAF. NASA recognizes the importance of communicating directly with the community regarding our properties, current and former operations at SSFL and the ongoing environmental cleanup taking place. NASA is committed to a cleanup of the areas we administer to a level protective of public health and the environment. This literature is part of our efforts to keep you informed.

Fact Sheet: An Overview of NASA's History at SSFL Adobe PDF icon

The Use of Trichloroethylene at NASA’s SSFL Sites

The Use of Trichloroethylene at NASA’s SSFL Sites

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a non-flammable, colorless liquid that belongs to a group of chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). It is used mainly as a solvent for removing grease from metal parts, and in adhesives, paint removers and spot removers.

Fact Sheet: The Use of Trichloroethylene at NASA’s SSFL Sites Adobe PDF icon

NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action

NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action

Currently, NASA is implementing a short-term action used to prevent or mitigate risks to human health or the environment before a final remedy has been selected. NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action (ISRA) is designed to remove potential sources of contaminants and improve the quality of surface water discharge.

Fact Sheet: NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action Adobe PDF icon

Historic Resources Survey

Historic Resources Survey

Federal statutes guide federal agency stewardship of historic resources under their control and provides direction for establishing programs to manage their historic resources.

Updated 2012-02-17: Coca test stand numbers corrected on page 3.

Fact Sheet: Historic Resources Survey Adobe PDF icon

You also may read the entire Historic Resources Survey and Assessment (PDF 4.8 MB). Adobe PDF icon

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