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Demolition Activities

Demolition operations
Demolition crews crush concrete behind building 2206 in the ELV/Service Area

NASA is conducting demolition activities in NASA-administered areas at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) as part of its cleanup agreements and to prepare the site for a final cleanup. Demolition activities began in early 2015.

Demolition Areas

Demolition Updates

NASA continues with demolition work in the Skyline Area

Published 8/6/2016

NASA kicked off Phase 2 of demolition in the Skyline Area to remove obsolete water tanks and pipeline. The photos below show the progress made with demolition of the Skyline water tanks and the pipeline leading from the water tanks to the Coca Test Area.

Skyline Tanks
This photo shows the Skyline area in March 2016, just before demolition work began. Ten water tanks can be seen on the top of a hill in the distance.
March 2016
This photo shows the Skyline area in July 2016, after significant progress with demolition work. Just two water tanks can be seen on the top of a hill in the distance.
June 2016
Skyline Coca Pipeline
This photo shows a large water pipeline extending from the Skyline area on the top of a hill, down to the Coca Test Area in March 2016, before demolition work began.
March 2016
This photos shows the hillside leading from Skyline area down to the Coca Test Area. This was taken in Juy 2016 after the pipeline had been removed as part of NASA demolition activities.
June 2016

Landscape Restoration Continues in the Service Area

Published 8/5/2016

The photos below show the growth of vegetation in former location of Building 2204. Following demolition, a hydroseed mulch containing a seed mixture of native plants was applied. The hydroseed mix promotes revegetation, aiding in the process of restoring the natural habitat.

Building 2204 Area Hydroseeding
This photo shows a wide shot of the Building 204 area in March 2016 soon after a hydroseed mulch was applied.
March 2016
This June 2016 photo shows significant growth of vegetation where hydroseed was applied in the Building 204 demolition area.
June 2016
Building 2204 Area Hydroseeding Closeup
This photo shows a closer view of the Building 204 area in March 2016, with little vegetation growth.
March 2016
This photo shows a closer view of the Building 204 area in June 2016 where significant vegetation can be seen in the area where hydroseed mulch was applied.
June 2016

SSFL FieldNOTE – August 2015

Published 8/12/2015

This FieldNOTE newsletter provides updates on demolition work in NASA-administered areas at SSFL. It describes NASA’s progress with demolition of structures, roadways, and concrete surfaces in the Service Area as well as the decision to defer the demolition of test stands while a National Monument petition is considered.


Progress Continues with Demolition of Structures, Roadways, and Concrete Surfaces in the Service Area

Published 8/12/2015

The photos below show progress made with demolition work on Buildings 2201, 2202, 2211 and 2203 in the Service Area. Additional information and photos on demolition activities can be found on the ELV/Service Area Demolition page.

Building 2203
Buildings 2201, 2202, 2211 prior to demolition
May 6, 2015
Buildings 2201, 2202, 2211 after demolition
July 6, 2015
Building 2204
Building 2204 prior to demolition
April 6, 2015
Building 2204 after demolition
July 6, 2015
Buildings 2201, 2202 and 2211
Buildings 2201, 2202 and 2211 prior to demolition
May 2, 2015
Buildings 2201, 2202 and 2211 after demolition
October 16, 2015

NASA Remains Committed to Clean-up; Will Defer Demolition of Test Stands as National Monument Petition is Considered

Published 7/2/2015

In April, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, one of the signatories of the April 2014 Programmatic Agreement regarding demolition and soil and groundwater cleanup at SSFL, submitted a letter to NASA requesting support for their proposal to designate the Santa Susana Field Laboratory property a National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. While decisions about National Monument designation are outside of NASA’s authority, NASA recognizes the importance of the unique features such as Burro Flats Cave and sacred sites of the property at SSFL. In a response letter to the Chumash from Administrator Charles Bolden, NASA agreed to contact the appropriate Federal agencies and departments with expertise in the National Monument designation process to share the Chumash proposal.

Additionally, NASA agreed to defer demolition of historic test stands, including those within the Coca Test Area, for as long as possible without impacting overall cleanup responsibilities, in order to allow appropriate offices within the Executive Branch to consider the proposal. NASA will continue ongoing demolition work to remove aboveground and subsurface structures, utility poles, piping, water and storage tanks, concrete and roadways in the Service Area and Delta Test Area, where there are no test stand structures, followed by the Skyline Area and Storable Propellant Area (SPA). NASA remains committed to meeting its cleanup obligations at SSFL and to achieving a cleanup that is protective of public health and the environment.


NASA Continues to Make Headway on Demolition Work

Published 4/8/2015

Pre-demolition activities, such as asbestos abatement inside buildings, are nearing completion and full demolition activities will begin in the coming weeks. As these activities progress over time, we anticipate an increase in the number of trucks traveling to and from the SSFL site to transport demolition debris, which will consist primarily of steel and concrete.

We recognize community concerns about truck traffic and we are making efforts to minimize impacts to the extent possible. NASA’s top priority for demolition is the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment. Dust control measures will be taken during demolition activities and while materials are loaded into trucks for transport. These measures will be strictly enforced. Transported material will be securely covered and trucks will be required to undergo inspection prior to leaving SSFL property.

More information about demolition activities can be found in the FieldNOTES Newsletter that NASA published in November 2014. Regular updates on demolition will be posted on this website.

For questions or concerns please contact:

Lori Manes
NASA SSFL Community Outreach Coordinator
(818) 806-8834
lori.manes@nasa.gov