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Draft Cultural Resources Management Plan now available

Published: 4/7/2010

Update: The public comment period has ended.

The Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP) for federally owned property at Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is NASA's mechanism for complying with historic preservation requirements set forth in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

A draft version of this CRMP is available. The public comment period ended April 2, 2010.

SSFL 2009 Year in Review is Now Available

Published: 1/11/2010

NASA has released the Year in Review 2009 describing the activities related to the environmental investigation and cleanup activities completed at SSFL in 2009.

Interim Source Removal Action Fact Sheet Now Available

Published: 11/23/2009

Currently, NASA is implementing a short-term action used to prevent or mitigate risks to human health or the environment before a final remedy has been selected. NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action (ISRA) is designed to remove potential sources of contaminants and improve the quality of surface water discharge.

For more information, please read the NASA’s Interim Source Removal Action Fact Sheet .

This and other fact sheets are also available on the Fact Sheets page on this site.

Historic Resources Survey Fact Sheet Now Available

Published: 11/23/2009

Federal statutes guide federal agency stewardship of historic resources under their control and provides direction for establishing programs to manage their historic resources.

For the fact sheet, please read the Historic Resources Survey Fact Sheet .

You also may read the entire Historic Resources Survey and Assessment (PDF, 4.8MB).

This and other fact sheets are also available on the Fact Sheets page on this site.

DTSC's Public Comment Period for the Group 3 RI Report Has Begun

Published: 10/21/2009

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Public Comment period for the NASA Group 3 Remedial Investigation report began on October 21 and will end on December 4, 2009.

Please see DTSC's Notice of Public Comment Period .

An index of the entire report, with links to each section, may be found at:

GSA Conditionally Accepts NASA Report of Excess

Published: 10/15/2009

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.

For more information about the GSA process, please contact:

W. James Biederman,
or see their website regarding GSA’s transfer of the lands at SSFL at:

For more information about NASA’s environmental cleanup at the site, please contact:

Allen Elliot

DTSC Issues for Public Comment a Draft Consent Order between DTSC and Respondents DOE and NASA

Published: 10/15/2009

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.

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