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NASA Santa Susana Field Laboratory Status Update – Nov. 13, 2018

Published: 11/13/2018

NASA’s Site Management Office at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) is closed due to the Woolsey Fire. The site is currently unsafe to access due to downed power-lines, blocked roads, residual spot-fires onsite and active wildfires in the local area. Only emergency response activities are permitted onsite at this time.

All NASA SSFL personnel and contractors were safely and swiftly evacuated from the site the afternoon of Thursday, November 8th. On Friday November 9th, key NASA SSFL personnel were able to briefly return to the site to secure critical paper files, relocate a government-owned vehicle and conduct an initial assessment of fire damage. On Sunday, November 11th key NASA SSFL personnel were again able to briefly return to the site to assess fire damage in NASA administered areas.

Initial observations confirm significant fire damage across the NASA SSFL site. Fire swept through all three historic districts. The Alfa and Bravo test stands are scorched but intact. The Coca and Burro Flats cultural areas have not been safe to access.

NASA recognizes all wildfires can present threats to the public, however we do not anticipate any specific risks from the fire associated with contamination at the site. Fire agencies responding to the site have determined the fire did not present any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation. Additionally, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is actively monitoring the fire, and DTSC emergency response staff, scientists and toxicologists have reviewed information about the fire’s location and do not believe the fire has caused any releases of hazardous materials that would pose a risk to people exposed to the smoke.

NASA will fully assess fire impacts and damage as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue communicating and coordinating with fire and emergency responders, Boeing, Department of Energy and State agencies and will provide relevant updates here on this site.

Additional information on the Woolsey Fire can be found on the following pages:

Community questions about the fire should be directed to DTSC, Los Angeles County or Ventura County Emergency Services.

NASA releases Record of Decision (ROD) for Groundwater Cleanup Activities

Published: 10/17/2018

NASA has published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register for the Record of Decision for NASA Groundwater Cleanup Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).

Guided by groundwater investigations and treatability studies, NASA is eager to move forward on groundwater cleanup plans. The Record of Decision (ROD) for NASA Groundwater Cleanup Activities at SSFL outlines NASA’s decision to proceed with groundwater cleanup technologies and strategies described in the 2014 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup Activities at the SSFL and serves to pave the way and accelerate groundwater cleanup activities in NASA-administered areas. The groundwater cleanup activities described in the ROD are intended to prevent contaminant exposure to human and biological receptors, reduce the potential for plume migration, and reduce contaminant sources. The results of completed groundwater investigations and treatability studies will guide the development of specific groundwater cleanup plans.

SSFL FieldNOTE – June 2018

Published: 6/28/2018

NASA’s June 2018 FieldNOTE newsletter is here! This edition reports on the site wide baseline air monitoring program, provides an update about demolition, and describes NASA’s efforts to protect some of the historic structures at SSFL.

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.

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