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FieldNOTE - Spring 2024

Published: 4/29/2024
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The Spring 2024 FieldNOTE provides an update on the Groundwater U workshop series and onsite tour, introduces NASA’s new Groundwater Project Manager, provides an overview of NASA’s groundwater cleanup process and progress, and includes an update on demolition of the Coca Test Stands, with photos.


  • Community gets up-close look at NASA pilot studies during ‘Groundwater U’ site tour
  • NASA welcomes new SSFL Groundwater Project Manager
  • NASA hits key milestone in groundwater cleanup process
  • Coca Demolition continues as NASA moves into Phase 7

FieldNOTE - Summer 2023

Published: 6/8/2023
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The latest edition of NASA’s FieldNOTE newsletter is now available for review. This edition provides an update on NASA’s progress with Coca demolition, and update on the status of development of NASA’s groundwater cleanup plans, NASA’s onsite Bedrock Vapor Extraction (BVE) treatability study, NASA’s planned evaluation of soil backfill options and lab capabilities, and brush-clearing preparations for wildfire season.


  • NASA proceeds with demolition of Coca
  • NASA Continues Progress with Groundwater Cleanup Plans
  • Key Groundwater Cleanup Plan Documents
  • NASA employs innovative approach to removing vapor contaminants trapped in SSFL bedrock
  • NASA to evaluate Soil Backfill Options and Lab Capabilities
  • Brush-clearing ramps up ahead of summer

FieldNOTE - Spring/Summer 2022

Published: 6/8/2022
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NASA has published its latest edition of the FieldNOTE Newsletter for NASA’s cleanup activities at Santa Susana. This Spring/Summer 2022 newsletter provides an update on NASA’s progress with demolition, ongoing work on two groundwater pilot studies, and NASA’s agency-wide effort to investigate Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at NASA centers and facilities.


  • NASA completes demolition of Bravo Test Stands
  • Preparations continue for groundwater pilot studies
  • Agency-wide effort propels new site investigation in NASA areas

FieldNOTE - Fall/Winter 2021

Published: 12/21/2021
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NASA has published a new FieldNOTE Newsletter. The Fall/Winter 2021 edition provides an update on NASA’s groundwater pilot treatability studies and demolition activities in the Bravo Test Area.


  • NASA Presses on with Groundwater Studies
  • Phase 5 demolition activities in full swing at Bravo

FieldNOTE - June 2021

Published: 6/29/2021
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NASA has published its latest edition of the FieldNOTE Newsletter. This June 2021 newsletter provides an update on NASA’s upcoming demolition work, progress with the onsite groundwater treatment system, a feature on the installation of barn owl boxes in the Bravo Test Area, and the status of NASA’s nomination of the Burro Flats Cultural District to the National Register of Historic Places.


  • NASA prepares for newest phase of demolition in the Bravo Test Area
  • Onsite Groundwater Treatment Resumes
  • Nest boxes ready for barn owls near Bravo
  • Update on the Burro Flats Cultural District Nomination to NRHP
  • Preparations continue for groundwater pilot study using natural cleanup processes

FieldNOTE - November 2020

Published: 12/3/2020
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NASA has published its November 2020 FieldNOTE Newsletter. This edition of the FieldNOTE provides an update on NASA’s progress with groundwater cleanup, cultural resource preservation efforts, and forthcoming demolition work in NASA areas at SSFL.


  • Pilot study to test capability of new groundwater treatment method
  • NASA advances cultural resource protections
  • Demolition of the Bravo Test Stands to begin in 2021

FieldNOTE - May 2020

Published: 5/6/2020
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The May 2020 edition of NASA’s SSFL FieldNOTE Newsletter highlights NASA’s decision to retain the Alfa Test Stands for historic preservation, provides an update NASA’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Soils, and provides an overview about NASA’s planned pilot study to test the effectiveness of enhanced in situ bioremediation to clean up groundwater beneath SSFL.


  • NASA decides to retain the Alfa Test Stands and Control House and proceed with demolition of Bravo and Coca
  • Update on NASA's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Soils
  • Plans underway to test enhanced bioremediation technology for groundwater cleanup at SSFL

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