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Phase 3-A Demolition Updates

Published: 5/11/2018

These photos show the progress of the Phase 3-A demolition activities.

Alfa LOX Tank
This photo shows a large white tank on the right side of a road. An individual is seen performing abatement activities in preparation for demolition of the tank.
July 2017
This photo shows the former location of the Alfa LOX tank, the only remnants being dirt, hydroseed, and straw wattles to prevent erosion.
April 2018
Alfa Test Area facing West
This photo is looking east from Alfa Test Stand #3 toward Alfa Test Stand #2. A large structure and a staircase is seen at the base of the test stand.
July 2017
This photo is looking east from Alfa Test Stand #3 toward Alfa Test Stand #2. The structure shown and staircase in the previous photo is now gone, as is a large concrete slab.
April 2018

Phase 2-B Demolition Updates

Published: 5/11/2018

These photos show the progress of Phase 2-B in the Delta Test Area.

Delta Test Area
This photo shows an aerial view of the Delta Test Area, showing various buildings and structures.
May 2017
This photo shows an aerial view of the Delta Test Area, vacant of buildings or structures, with only rocks formations, trees, and dirt roads remaining.
April 2018
Delta Test Stand 3
This photo shows large concrete slabbing and fencing, with a large white hydrogen tank in the background.
May 2017
This photo shows a graded area covered with dirt, with rock formations and trees in the background.
April 2018

Year-in-Review highlights NASA’s progress at SSFL

Published: 2/16/2018

Over the course of 2017, NASA made significant headway in its effort to clean up its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site while protecting public health and the natural environment. The 2017 Year in Review describes activities and progress made in the areas of demolition, cultural resources, soil and groundwater, and stormwater management. NASA looks forward to continuing its forward path toward a final cleanup.

NASA Releases Public Version of Ethnographic Study

Published: 11/17/2017

NASA recognizes the historic significance of the people and customs of the region, and their connection to the land at SSFL. The 2014 Programmatic Agreement between NASA, the California State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians required NASA to develop an ethnographic history, the goal of gaining a greater understanding of the Native American uses of and associations with the Burro Flats Site complex, SSFL, and the Simi Hills area. NASA has made available a Public Version of the Ethnographic Study Document which is available on the Key Documents page of this site.

SSFL FieldNOTE – October 2017

Published: 10/26/2017

NASA’s October 2017 edition of FieldNOTE describes the latest demolition news, along with an update on efforts to protect the cultural resources at SSFL.

Phase 2 Demolition Updates

Published: 10/26/2017

These photos show the progress of the Phase 2 demolition activities.

Alfa Hill Tanks
This photo shows the Alfa Hill tanks in March 2017, prior to demolition.
March 2017
This photo shows the Alfa Hill location in May 2017 after the tanks had been removed.
May 2017
Alfa Bravo Fuel Farm
This photo shows the Alfa-Bravo Fuel Farm tanks in March 2017, prior to demolition.
March 2017
This photo shows the Alfa-Bravo Fuel Farm area in May 2017 after the tanks had been removed.
May 2017
Skyline Drive
This photo shows the Skyline Drive area in March 2016, just before demolition work began.
March 2016
This photo shows the Skyline Drive area in May 2017, nearing the end of the demolition work. All the water tanks have been removed.
May 2017
Skyline Tanks
This photo shows the Skyline Tanks in March 2016, just before demolition work began.
March 2016
This photo shows the Skyline Drive area in May 2017, nearing the end of the demolition work. All the water tanks have been removed.
May 2017

NASA Statement on DTSC’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for SSFL

Published: 9/8/2017

NASA remains firmly committed to achieving an environmental cleanup of our areas at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) that is protective of public health and the environment, as well as the cultural, historic and natural resources in our care. We have made tremendous progress with the demolition of obsolete structures and administrative facilities, soil and groundwater investigations, groundwater monitoring, and treatability studies involving both laboratory and field-testing in preparation for a comprehensive soil and groundwater cleanup effort. We are currently reviewing DTSC’s Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) on SSFL, and we look forward to working with DTSC and using this information to guide our next steps in cleanup and mitigation efforts.

DTSC is accepting comments during a 45-day public comment period on the Draft PEIR from September 7, 2017 to October 23, 2017. NASA strongly encourages the community and stakeholders to review and submit comments on the report. The PEIR can be accessed at SSFL Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. Comments can be submitted online at DTSC Public Comment Form. For more information go to DTSC SSFL Website.

NASA Announces Virtual Tour of SSFL Test Areas

Published: 8/3/2017 View from Coca test stand crane cabin View from Coca test stand crane cabin as seen in SSFL Virtual Tour

As part of its effort to document and record the historical structures at SSFL, NASA partnered with the National Park Service’s (NPS) Heritage Documentation Program to produce an interactive, virtual tour of NASA’s Test Stand Areas at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).

The virtual tour includes 360-degree panoramas of the three test areas and the surrounding landscape as well as the interiors of the test stands. The documentation focuses on six rocket test stands in the Alfa, Bravo, and Coca Test Areas. Each of the test stands are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places given their significance in the contexts of the Cold War and Space Exploration, and for their achievements in engineering and design.

More information is available on the History / Virtual Tour page on this site.

NASA produces video highlighting the history of SSFL

Published: 7/20/2017

SSFL history video still Santa Susana: Propelling American Space Exploration NASA is pleased to share a short documentary highlighting the history of the Santa Susana Field Lab and its contribution to America’s space flight program. NASA produced the seven-minute video as part of NASA’s effort to record the history of the site and the test stands used for rocket engine testing.

SSFL FieldNOTE – June 2017

Published: 6/22/2017

NASA’s June 2017 edition of FieldNOTE describes NASA’s most recent activities as it advances toward cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

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