The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) has been undertaking a project to record the extant structures of test areas at SSFL to document the most intense research and development era of rocket propulsion in our nation. Some of the major rocket engine programs that used these areas for testing include the Redstone, Atlas and Jupiter engines, the predecessor to the Saturn V’s F-1 engine, the E-1, components of the F-1 engine, the upper stage engines for the Saturn V, the J-2 and the testing and development of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. HAER produced fly-through animations of Coca and Bravo Test Areas, captured with high-definition lasers—are now available for viewing at the links below.
In November 2014, NASA welcomed Lori Manes as the SSFL community outreach coordinator. Lori joins the SSFL team after several years in community involvement work with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. You can contact Lori by email at email@example.com or by phone at (818) 806-8834.
The 2014 Year in Review summarizes the activities and progress made in the last year toward cleanup of NASA-administered areas of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). NASA remains committed to keeping the community and interested stakeholders updated and we look forward to another active year of cleanup in 2015.
On January 15, 2015, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Regional Office, DTSC and NASA will provide an update on Groundwater Investigation and Areas of Impacted Groundwater (AIGs) in the NASA-administered portions of SSFL, including:
If you wish to participate via phone please contact Lori Manes, NASA SSFL Outreach Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, January 14, 2015. A copy of the meeting agenda will be e-mailed to you prior to the meeting. The call in number for this meeting is: 1-844-467-6272; Passcode: 670462#.
The DTSC Regional Office is located at 9211 Oakdale Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.
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.