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FieldNOTE - October 2019

Published: 10/11/2019
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NASA has published its October 2019 FieldNOTE newsletter. This edition of the FieldNOTE provides updates on progress with demolition and test stand preservation, NASA’s ongoing soil Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the impacts of soil cleanup, and NASA management’s recognition of the NASA onsite SSFL team for their swift action following the Woolsey Fire.


  • As Demolition Activities Complete; NASA Focuses on the Test Stands
  • NASA Analyzing Environmental Impacts of SSFL Soil Cleanup
  • NASA Recognizes Onsite SSFL Team with Silver Achievement Medal for Quick Actions During Woolsey Fire
  • Progress continues with the restoration of pipelines lost in Woolsey Fire

FieldNOTE - December 2018

Published: 12/12/2018
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NASA has released the November 2018 FieldNOTE newsletter! This edition reports on NASA’s latest activities at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) including groundwater cleanup, fluid evacuation at the test stands, and final demolition activities in NASA-administered areas at SSFL.


  • Groundwater Update: Setting the Stage for Cleanup
  • Fluid evacuation activities underway in the Alfa test area
  • NASA Nearing Completion of Demolition Work at SSFL

FieldNOTE - June 2018

Published: 6/28/2018
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NASA’s June 2018 FieldNOTE newsletter is here! This edition reports on the site wide baseline air monitoring program, provides an update about demolition, and describes NASA’s efforts to protect some of the historic structures at SSFL.


  • Site-wide Baseline Air Monitoring Program Underway
  • NASA Implementing Final Phase of Demolition Program
  • Demolition and Preservation: A delicate balance

FieldNOTE - October 2017

Published: 10/26/2017
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NASA’s October 2017 FieldNOTE describes the latest demolition news, along with an update on efforts to protect the cultural resources at SSFL.


  • Demolition Advances; Moves into Test Areas
  • Demolition at a Glance
  • Efforts to Protect Cultural Resources Continue
  • Exploring Santa Susana

FieldNOTE - June 2017

Published: 6/22/2017
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As part of its cleanup obligations, NASA is conducting demolition activities to remove inactive and obsolete structures located in NASA-administered areas at SSFL.


  • DEMOLITION UPDATE: NASA continues to make progress toward cleanup of Area II at SSFL
  • NASA will continue to defer demolition of historic Test Stands
  • New Project Manager Joins NASA SSFL Team
  • NASA launches new SSFL website

FieldNOTE - December 2016

Published: 12/19/2016
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NASA continues to make headway with demolition of obsolete buildings and infrastructure to prepare the site for final cleanup.


  • PROGRESS REPORT: Demolition Phase 2
  • Field Activities Help Solidify Archaeological Site Boundaries
  • Soil Treatability Study Results to Play Key Role in Cleanup Plans

FieldNOTE - July 2016

Published: 7/1/2016
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The newest edition of the FieldNOTE newsletter provides an overview of NASA’s progress with groundwater characterization, profiles the new SSFL Project Director, and describes NASA’s preparations for wildfire season.


  • NASA Makes Progress with Groundwater Characterization
  • New SSFL Project Director Named
  • NASA Prepares for Wildfire Season

FieldNOTE - April 2016

Published: 4/15/2016
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The demolition activities, including the launch of Phase 2 as NASA continues to make progress preparing the site for final cleanup.


  • Historic Test Stand Deferral
  • NASA Demolition Work Continues
  • Transportation
  • Prioritizing Health and Safety
  • Protecting Resources

FieldNOTE - November 2015

Published: 11/10/2015
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NASA continues to conduct groundwater investigations and perform treatability studies to evaluate technologies and the degree of their effectiveness in site conditions at Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).


  • Understanding the North Fault
  • Public Health Matters
  • Showing Progress with Demolition
  • An Update on Soil Sampling

FieldNOTE - August 2015

Published: 8/12/2015
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NASA has been proceeding with demolition as part of preparations for cleanup of land it administers at Santa Susana Field Laboratory. In early February, NASA and demolition partners – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and demolition contractor Bhate Environmental Associates – began demolition work in the northern part of Area II in the Service/Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) Area.


  • Demolition Update

FieldNOTE - May 2015

Published: 5/1/2015
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Demolition projects are a lot like construction projects – but they happen in reverse. Structures that were assembled years ago for rocket engine development and testing are now being dissembled and dismantled as part of NASA’s disposition of SSFL. And like any construction site, increased activity requires attention to safe work practices.


  • Demolition Proceeds
  • NASA Says Let it Rain
  • Understanding Groundwater
  • GETS Improvement
  • Lori Manes Joins the Team

FieldNOTE - November 2014

Published: 10/28/2014
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NASA is making steady progress towards cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and is about to take a big step forward by preparing for the demolition of test stands and supporting facilities.


  • Demolition Begins at SSFL
  • Safety First
  • Pre-Demolition Activities
  • Demolition Activities
  • Keeping the Past for the Future

FieldNOTE - August 2014

Published: 8/26/2014
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This edition of FieldNOTE describes the groundwater treatability studies NASA, Boeing, and DOE are conducting for the SSFL site. It focuses on the Bedrock Vapor Extraction (BVE) technology NASA is conducting in Area II near the Bravo Skim Pond. The goal of the treatability study is to determine if BVE is feasible to use as a full-scale cleanup option for the SSFL site.


  • Groundwater Treatability Studies at SSFL
  • NASA’s Bedrock Vapor Extraction Treatability Study
  • BVE Treatability Study Objectives
  • How BVE Works
  • Conducting the BVE Field Test

FieldNOTE - October 2013

Published: 10/29/2013
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We are providing periodic updates about our cleanup efforts at SSFL. This fourth newsletter online edition focuses on a recently completed stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) we constructed on NASA-administered land at SSFL. This construction will improve stormwater quality and conveyance from the ELV Service area as it moves to the SSFL Outfall 009. Also featured is a description of the innovative “green” engineering and technologies NASA used in construction, and an explanation of how the BMP operates.


  • Stormwater Improvements In Place Ahead Of The Rainy Season

FieldNOTE - January 2013

Published: 1/18/2013
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The third newsletter online edition describes field surveys including habitat, plant and wildlife surveys recently conducted on NASA-administered land at SSFL. Also featured are the two small birding expeditions NASA assisted with in 2012. For further information, readers can link to habitat descriptions, observed plant and animal inventories, photos, and recorded owl call audio clips.


  • A Noteworthy Mission
  • Field Surveys
  • Habitat Survey
  • Findings
  • Botanical Survey
  • Birds of a Feather Flock Together
  • Wildlife Surveys
  • Notes of Interest

FieldNOTE - May 2012

Published: 5/2/2012
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The second newsletter updated NASA’s cleanup efforts at SSFL. This edition focused on field sampling plan (FSP) investigations underway for the characterization and cleanup of soils at SSFL sites administered by NASA. Opportunities for public comment on Draft FSPs, public technical roundtable meetings and group tours are also described as part of the FSP process.


  • NASA’s Field Sampling Plan Investigations
  • Field Sampling Plan Areas
  • Community Involvement
  • Next Steps

FieldNOTES - April 2011

Published: 5/1/2011
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The premier newsletter about NASA’s cleanup efforts at Santa Susana Field Laboratory reports on progress made on soil removal in Phases I and II of an Interim Soil Removal Action. Other articles present updates on the site-wide groundwater remedial investigation; NASA’s signing an Administrative Order on Consent with the Department of Toxic Substances Control; the start of an Environmental Impact Statement; a description of the Groundwater Extraction and Treatment System (GETS); and a recap of summer 2010 summer bus tours of SSFL.


  • Welcome
  • Progress Made on Soil Removal Work
  • Santa Susana Field Laboratory
  • We're on the Web
  • NASA Signs Agreement with DTSC on Soil Cleanup
  • EIS to Begin
  • At a Glance
  • Site-wide Groundwater Remedial Investigation
  • For the Record
  • Groundwater U
  • Groundwater Treatment "GETS" Ready to Go
  • All Aboard for an SSFL Tour