On Friday, November 7, NASA gave over 50 interested community members the chance to tour and photograph areas at the SSFL scheduled for demolition. This work is the next step toward soil and groundwater cleanup at SSFL. The structures, once an important part of our nation’s space program, are now inactive and no longer needed.
Phase I of the demolition project is planned to begin in November with service area structures in the northern part of Area II and the Delta Test Area. The Coca Test Area structures are planned for demolition in 2016 as part of Phase II. The final phase of demolition will occur in the Alfa and Bravo Test Areas. Active public involvement has been instrumental in the preservation of at least one SSFL test stand and one control house. NASA is working with the California State Historic Preservation Officer, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), the agency overseeing SSFL site cleanup, to finalize preservation plans.
Registration is now closed for the tours of NASA¹s SSFL Demolition Areas on November 7, 2014.
Tour of NASA's planned demolition areas is Nov 7th, 2014.
This FieldNOTE newsletter describes NASA's progress towards cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and is about to take a big step forward by preparing for the demolition of test stands and supporting facilities.
This FieldNOTE newsletter describes the groundwater treatability studies NASA, Boeing, and DOE are conducting for the SSFL site. It focuses on the Bedrock Vapor Extraction (BVE) technology NASA is conducting in Area II near the Bravo Skim Pond. The goal of the treatability study is to determine if BVE is feasible to use as a full-scale cleanup option for the SSFL site.
The Record of Decision (ROD) for NASA’s SSFL Environmental Impact Statement is now available. NASA’s decision is to proceed with the demolition of non-historic structures and the Coca Test Stand Historic District as described in Section 2 of the final EIS. Proceeding with demolition activity now will move NASA forward toward complying with the state orders, while recognizing that new information could increase efficiency in reaching the required cleanup levels. NASA will not proceed with any soil or groundwater cleanup activities identified in the Proposed Action until the technology feasibility studies and field sampling characterization are complete and another Record of Decision related to the cleanup activities is issued. This information will inform NASA’s decision on the specific remedy approaches across the site.
The Programmatic Agreement between NASA, California State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is an attachment to the ROD.
The Notice of Availability for the NASA Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for demolition and environmental cleanup activities of property administered by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California has been published in the Federal Register.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement can be found on the Key Documents page.
On March 19, 2014, at the DTSC Regional Office, DTSC and NASA will provide an update on the status of soil and groundwater investigations and treatability studies for the NASA-administered portions of SSFL including:
If you are unable to attend the meeting the call-in number is:
Phone: (877) 327-2796
The DTSC Regional Office is located at 9211 Oakdale Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
The 2013 Year in Review summarizes the activities of a year of progress in the cleanup of land NASA administers in two areas of Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). We continue to make frequent contact during the year with community members and interested stakeholders.
We are providing periodic updates about our cleanup efforts at SSFL. This fourth newsletter online edition focuses on a recently completed stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) we constructed on NASA-administered land at SSFL. This construction will improve stormwater quality and conveyance from the ELV Service area as it moves to the SSFL Outfall 009. Also featured is a description of the innovative “green” engineering and technologies NASA used in construction, and an explanation of how the BMP operates.