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June 2015 response letter from NASA to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Published: June 2015

On June 25, 2015, Administrator Bolden sent a response letter to the Tribe. In this letter, 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.

April 2015 letter from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to NASA

Published: April 2015

In April 2015, 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. In addition, the letter requested that any demolition of the rocket test stands, especially Coca, be deferred for as long as possible to maximize the chances of Monument designation.

Record of Decision External site icon

Published: April 2014

NASA prepared a Record of Decision (ROD) For the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the demolition and cleanup activities at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). This ROD included a summary of the NEPA process completed and FEIS, public involvement in the decision making process, the alternatives considered, key environmental issues evaluated, statement of the decision made, and the basis for the decision.

Programmatic Agreement External site icon

Published: April 2014

The Programmatic Agreement (PA), an attachment to the ROD for the FEIS, starting at page 19 of the file, identifies measures to be taken for the protection and preservation of cultural resources during implementation of NASA’s Proposed Action. The PA is the culmination of two years of consultation with more than 35 consulting parties regarding the effects to historic properties resulting from the proposed actions for demolition and cleanup. It provides for the preservation of historic test stands through documentation and the potential retention of at least one test and control house. In addition, it minimizes impacts to archeological sites where feasible and resolves adverse effects to Traditional Cultural Property through an ethnographic history and Native American Advisory Board and other mitigation measures.

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory External site icon

Published: March 2014

The FEIS presents an overview of the affected environment and the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed action to demolish existing structures and to remediate groundwater and soil on the NASA-administered property of SSFL and the no action alternative. It also informs NASA decision makers, regulating agencies, and the public of the potential environmental consequences of implementing the proposed demolition of SSFL site structures and the proposed groundwater and soil remediation.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory External site icon

Published: July 2013

NASA developed this DEOS to evaluate potential environmental impacts from its Proposed Action to conduct demolition activity and remediation of groundwater and soil on the NASA-administered property of SSFL.

2010 Administrative Order on Consent External site icon

Published: December 2010

NASA signed the Administrative Order of Consent (AOC), an agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in 2010 that requires remediation by 2017 of the soils on the NASA-administered property at SSFL to local background values. When background values are not available, the soils will be remediated to laboratory reporting limits called Look up Table values.

2007 Consent Order for Corrective Action External site icon

Published: August 2007

In August 2007, NASA, Boeing, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and DTSC signed a Consent Order for Corrective Action (State of California DTSC Docket No. P3-07/08-003, 2007; referred to as the “2007 Consent Order”) that addressed the cleanup of soils and groundwater at SSFL. The 2007 Consent Order identified activities for the cleanup of soil and groundwater at SSFL.

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