On September 14, 2009, NASA submitted to the General Services Administration (GSA) a "report of excess" regarding the property administered by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Lab. GSA has conditionally accepted that report.
NASA administers 451.2 acres of property at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in Ventura County, near Simi Valley. For more than 30 years, NASA has administered this site, primarily for purposes of rocket development and engine testing. In recent years, as NASA’s mission has evolved, there has been a transition in the kinds of launch systems needed, and testing for those systems is being undertaken at other NASA facilities. Following a lengthy period of consideration and review of its current and future needs, NASA has concluded that it has no further need for this property located at SSFL. This review included determining whether any other NASA facility and program had potential need for the NASA-administered property at the Santa Susana Field Lab site.
In accordance with statutory requirements, NASA notified Congress in April 2009 of NASA’s intent to declare the lands "excess."
Consistent with statute and regulations, on September 14, 2009, NASA notified the General Services Administration (GSA) that it reported the NASA-administered SSFL parcels as excess. GSA is the federal agency responsible for undertaking all activities relating to transfer of these federal lands to another party, including how the public will be kept involved. NASA remains the landholder and custodian of the site.
NASA remains committed to the long-term achievement of cleaning up its sites and to overall management of the federally owned land, structures and cultural resources. To complete that cleanup NASA will continue to work actively with contractors who are doing the actual cleanup at the site as well as with the public and regulatory bodies.
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The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued public notices announcing a public comment period on draft Consent Orders between DTSC and respondents the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The public comment period ended October 2, 2009.
Links to the public notices and draft Consent Orders may be found on the DTSC website.