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NASA Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Meeting Presentation

Presented: August 16-18, 2011

The NASA EIS Scoping Meeting Presentation (PDF) is available for download. The content of the slides in that presentation is included here in an accessible format.

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Welcome to the NASA Scoping Meeting

Santa Susana Field Laboratory
National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Impact Statement

Amy Keith, Project Manager

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National Enviroinmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • NEPA requires Federal Agencies to Evaluate Impacts to the Environment
  • NASA is Evaluating Potential Environmental Impacts Cleanup
    • Including the default alternative in the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC)
  • Demolition of Test Stands and Other Buildings
  • Impacts are expected
    • NASA is using the most detailed and rigorous level of NEPA called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
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EIS Process

  • NASA Proposes Cleanup and Demolition Arrow indicating next step
  • Notice of Intent (NOI)
    Published July 6
    Describe Action
    Describe Scoping
    Introduce Contacts Arrow indicating next step
  • Scoping
    Participate with other agencies and the public
    Official Comment Period –Sept. 17 Arrow indicating next step
  • Environmental Analysis Biological Assessment
    Archaeological Survey;
    Wetlands Delineation;
    Air, Transportation, Water Socioeconomics Arrow indicating next step
  • Prepare Draft EIS
  • Review DEIS Review Draft EIS
    Notice of Availability (NOA)
    Comment Period
    Public Meeting Arrow indicating next step
  • Prepare Final EIS Arrow indicating next step
  • NOA and Publish Final EIS Arrow indicating next step
  • Record of Decision (ROD) Arrow indicating next step
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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • Meetings
    • August 16, Chatsworth
    • August 17, Simi Valley
    • August 18, West Hills
  • Submit Your Comments
  • Handouts
    • Contacts, Meetings, Website, Email, Direct Mail
    • EIS Information
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Overview of NASA's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for SSFL

Bravo Test Stand Workmen removing soil with hand tools and vacuum from under a tree GETS Facility Petroglyph in cave on SSFL Other test stands
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Why is NASA conducting an EIS?

  • Complying with NEPA is required by the December 2010 Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) between NASA and DTSC
  • Required by federal law and regulations
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Alternatives for Evaluation

  • Environmental Cleanup
    • Soil cleanup to Background and Groundwater cleanup
    • Soil cleanup to Suburban Residential and Groundwater cleanup
    • Soil cleanup to Industrial and Groundwater cleanup
    • Soil cleanup to Recreational and Groundwater cleanup
    • No Action
  • Demolition
    • Up to 100% demolition
    • No Action
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Technical Approaches to be Considered

Soil Cleanup

  • Excavation
  • Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE)
  • Phytoremediation
  • Enhanced Microbiological
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Technical Approaches to be Considered

Groundwater Cleanup

  • Pump and Treat
  • Vacuum Extraction
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Iron Particle Injection
  • Heat Driven Extraction
  • Enhanced Microbiological
  • Institutional Controls
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Areas of Potential Impact

There are a variety of factors to consider in looking at impacts to the environment. A preliminary list of environmental, economic, social and natural resources includes:

  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural, Historic, and Archaeological
  • Environmental Justice
  • Geological Resources
  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Hazardous Materials / Hazardous Waste
  • Health and Safety
  • Infrastructure and Utilities
  • Land Use
  • Noise
  • Paleontology
  • Socioeconomics
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
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How does this fit in with DTSC’s California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) work?

  • DTSC’s CEQA process is independent of NASA’s NEPA
    • CEQA process will look at all (Boeing, DOE, and NASA) planned actions at SSFL
    • Scheduled to start later, so will be able to incorporate data from NASA’s EIS
  • NASA and DTSC will coordinate the CEQA and NEPA activities
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How does this fit in General Services Administration’s (GSA) process?

  • GSA’s “proposed action” is transferring the real property out of federal ownership
  • GSA plans to start its process approximately when NASA finishes its Draft EIS.
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Public Input During Scoping

Please provide input on:

  • Range of Alternatives
  • Options to Achieve Alternatives
  • Areas of Potential Impacts
  • Historic and Cultural Resources
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cultural Resources

NASA Public Scoping Meetings

Ashley Boudreaux
Cultural Resources Manager

Presented by: Donna Leach

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Cultural Resources and the EIS

Due to the proposed undertaking, NASA is evaluating potential impacts to Cultural Resources.

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Cultural Resources

  • Historic sites, buildings, districts, structures and objects with historic, architectural, archaeological or cultural values
  • Historic objects found at or excavated from an archaeological site
  • Traditional religious and cultural practices of a community, neighborhood, or Native American tribe
  • Places with traditional religious or cultural importance
  • Documents with historic or archaeological significance
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Cultural Resources at SSFL

  • Bravo test stand
    Historic Structures
  • Petroglyph on cave wall
    Archeaological Sites
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SSFL Historic Properties

Map showing three historic districts: Alfa, Bravo and Coca test areas

Two Historic/Structural surveys were performed in 2007 and 2009:

  • 3 historic districts identified
    • 9 structures found individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
    • 27 structures considered contributing to the historic districts
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Alfa Test Area July — 1955 - March 2006

Collage of structures in the Alfa test area
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Bravo Test Area — April 1956 - December 2004

Collage of structures in the Bravo test area
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Coca Test Area — July 1956 - 1988

Collage of structures in the Coca test area
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Archaeological Sites at SSFL

  • Site-wide Cultural Resources Inventory of NASA-administered Areas I and II completed April 2008
    • 1 site recorded on National Register – contains multiple individual archaeological features
    • 1 site recommended eligible for the National Register
  • An archaeological survey to evaluate NASA-administered areas associated with Interim Source Removal Action (ISRA) was completed August 2009
    • No cultural resources were discovered during this survey
  • SSFL Cultural Resource Management Plan completed in 2010
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Archaeological Sites at SSFL

  • Pictograph Gallery
  • Bedrock Milling Features
  • Petroglyphs
  • Bedrock Cupules
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NHPA Section 106

It is NASA’s responsibility to manage Cultural Resources under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and other laws.

NHPA Section 106 directs federal agencies to:

  • Take into account the effects of their actions on cultural resources
  • Allows for consultation with Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Officer, Native American Tribes, and other interested parties.
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Cultural Resources and the EIS

  • NEPA and NHPA Section 106 provide the opportunity for public input
  • NASA is integrating both processes and using the EIS process for comments on Section 106
  • Integration of Section 106 and NEPA allows:
    • Public Participation
    • Consultation with Native American Tribes and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
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Section 106 Consultations

Section 106 consultation is “the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of others, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them on how historic properties should be identified, considered, and managed.” Consultation is built upon the exchange of ideas, not simply providing information.

Identified Consultation Parties:

  • California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)
  • Native American Tribes
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The following chart describes the parallel processes satisfying the NEPA and NHPA Section 106 requirements. Public input is encouraged and will be accepted throughout the entire EIS development. Following the NEPA Scoping Meetings and public comment period, NASA will prepare a Draft EIS anticipated to be available in the summer of 2012. Historic and archaeological resources will be addressed under NHPA Section 106 consultation. Consultation will include NASA, the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), Native American Tribes, and other interested parties. Public comments concerning historic and archaeological resources will be captured under both NEPA and NHPA Section 106 consultation. Decisions made during consultation will be included in the final Record of Decision at the end of the EIS process. The Final EIS will be published once the Draft EIS public comments are addressed and incorporated. The NEPA and NHPA processes will conclude with the Final EIS and delivery of the Record of Decision.

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Public Input to the EIS

  • NEPA Process
    Two way arrow indicating NEPA and NHPA Section 106 processes will occur simultaneously Arrow pointing to next step
  • Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Scoping Meetings and public comment
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Public reviews Draft EIS and provides comments
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Public: Availability of Final EIS
  • NHPA Section 106
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Initiate Section 106
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Tribes, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other parties provide input on historic and archaeological resources
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Tribes, SHPO and other consulting parties provide input
    Arrow pointing to next step
  • Conclude consultation (end of NHPA Section 106)
  • NASA publishes Draft EIS
  • NASA publishes Final EIS
  • Record of Decision (end of NEPA)
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Public Input During Scoping

Please provide input on:

  • Range of Alternatives
  • Options to Achieve Alternatives
  • Areas of Potential Impacts
  • Historic and Cultural Resources

Unless otherwise indicated, all images are provided by NASA.

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