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NASA releases Record of Decision (ROD) for Environmental Impact Statement

Published: 5/1/2014

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.

Record of Decision (ROD)

NASA publishes Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on demolition and cleanup

Published: 3/14/2014

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.

SSFL NASA Public Technical Meeting March 19

Published: 3/12/2014

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:

  • Field Sampling Plan 6 for the completion of NASA's soil investigation
  • NASA's Area of Impacted Groundwater (AIG) investigation work plan at the former Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Plant site
  • NASA soil and bedrock vapor extraction treatability studies
  • Schedule update for 2014 activities required under the 2010 DTSC-NASA Administrative Order on Consent (AOC)

If you are unable to attend the meeting the call-in number is:
Phone: (877) 327-2796
Passcode 259-7462

The DTSC Regional Office is located at 9211 Oakdale Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

NASA Releases 2013 Year in Review

Published: 2/2/2014

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.

SSFL FieldNOTE – October 2013

Published: 10/29/2013

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.

NASA notifies DTSC of application to transfer operational control from Boeing to NASA for Hazardous Waste Facility Post-Closure Permit

Published: 10/1/2013

On October 3, 2013, NASA submitted a permit modification to request DTSC to approve the operator transfer from Boeing to NASA with regard to the Hazardous Waste Facility Post-Closure Permit. In addition to this public notice, DTSC is mailing the notice to the contacts on its facility mailing list and to appropriate State and local agencies. This permit modification requires approval from DTSC prior to implementation.

Presentation at DEIS Public Comment Meetings

Published: 9/4/2013

NASA presented these slides at the Public Comment meetings on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 in West Hills, Calif.

Public Comment Period extended for NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for an additional 15 days. Now Closes October 1, 2013.

Published: 8/20/2013

Public Comment Period extended for NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for an additional 15 days. Now Closes October 1, 2013.

The NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for demolition and environmental cleanup activities of property administered by NASA at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California is now available for review.

Published: 8/2/2013 The Public Comment Period closes on September 16, 2013October 1, 2013.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available online and in printed form at the Information Repositories, listed below. The Notice of Availability (NOA) has been published in the Federal Register.

Links to online documents:

A limited number of copies of the DEIS are available on a first-come basis. To obtain a copy, contact Allen Elliott, SSFL Program Director, by phone at (256) 544-0662 or by e-mail at msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov.

Your comments on the NASA DEIS must be submitted on or before September 16, 2013October 1, 2013, and may be submitted in the following ways:

  • In writing to Allen Elliott, SSFL Program Director, NASA MSFC AS01, Building 4494, Huntsville, AL 35812;
  • Via e-mail to msfc-ssfl-eis@mail.nasa.gov;
  • By oral public comment at one of two public meetings at the following times and location. The public comment meetings are for the public to hear a summary of the DEIS and to provide comments on the record for NASA’s consideration.
Public Comment Meetings
Date and Time Address City
Tuesday, 8/27/13
2 - 4 p.m.
Auditorium, Corporate Pointe,
8413 Fallbrook Avenue,
West Hills, CA 91304
West Hills, California
Wednesday, 8/28/13
6 - 8 p.m.
Auditorium, Corporate Pointe,
8413 Fallbrook Avenue,
West Hills, CA 91304
West Hills, California

Following the meetings, copies of the presentations will be available on this site. The links will be posted here when they are available.

Information Repositories

For any questions regarding the upcoming meetings, how to provide comments, or regarding other matters pertaining to NASA’s administration of land at Santa Susana Field Lab, please call Merrilee Fellows at (818) 393-0754 or contact her by email at mfellows@nasa.gov.

Past & Present: An Overview of NASA-administered Land Fact Sheet, 2013

Published: 7/3/2013

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the historical operations carried out on NASA-administered land at SSFL. It describes groundwater, surface water, and soil cleanup actions underway as part of NASA's commitment to clean up chemicals in the environment that remain from past operations.