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NASA's NEPA Community Informational Meeting - March 27, 2012

Published: 2/7/2012

This meeting will provide updates on the results of surveys and other data NASA is gathering as it prepares its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft EIS is expected to be provided to the public for review and comment in summer 2012. The SSFL EIS Factsheet describes the current SSFL EIS process.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. From 6:00 to 6:45 NASA experts will hold informal discussions at various displays that summarize the information and approach NASA is taking to prepare its Draft EIS. From about 6:45 to 8:00 NASA experts and NASA consultants will provide an update on the EIS impact analysis and related studies followed by Questions and Answers between NASA presenters and the public.

Following the Q&A, informal discussions may take place.

The meeting will be in Chatsworth on March 27, 2012:
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth
9777 Topanga Canyon Road
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Note: The hotel may only be entered when heading south on Topanga Canyon Blvd (TCB). To enter heading north, make a U-turn at Lassen St. The hotel entrance arises abruptly as you round the corner on TCB after you pass Lassen St.

Large map for Radisson Hotel Chatsworth

NASA Releases 2011 Year in Review

Published: 2/1/2012

The 2011 Year in Review summarizes the activities of a year of progress in the cleanup of 451.2 acres that NASA administers in two areas of Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). NASA is committed to a cleanup of these areas to a level protective of public health and the environment and to ongoing outreach to and communication with the public.

EIS Comment Period Has Closed

Published: 9/20/2011

The official comment period to submit remarks on NASA's 'scoping' of its Environmental Impact Statement ended September 19, 2011. If you have questions on any aspect of NASA's EIS process or about NASA's cleanup of the site, or if you would like to be added to the distribution list for future electronic updates, please contact Merrilee Fellows at 818.393.0754 or by email at

Federal Register Publishes SSFL NEPA Notice of Intent

Published: 7/7/2011

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)’s required Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct public scoping meetings and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the NASA-administered portion of Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) has been published in the Federal Register.

Federal Register Publication: 76 FR 39443 - National Environmental Policy Act; Santa Susana Field LaboratoryExternal site icon

Additional information describing the EIS process and progress will be posted on this site in the near future.

News Release: NASA Announces Public “Scoping” Meetings for Environmental Impact Statement at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, California

For more information on the NEPA process and NASA’s NEPA Program:

You may email SSFL NEPA and EIS related comments to: SSFL EIS (Note: Since the scoping period has ended, this email address has been disabled)

NASA Announces On-site Project Manager for the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL)

Published: 5/11/2011

NASA is pleased to announce our selection of Peter Zorba as NASA’s Remedial Project Manager for Santa Susana Field Lab. This selection reflects the need for a highly qualified full-time NASA presence at the site as we continue to move into increasingly active remediation of the site.

Prior to this position Peter was the Environmental Engineer and Compliance Officer for the City of Lancaster. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science, with a Philosophy Minor from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a Registered Environmental Assessor (REA), a professional registration administered by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. He has a strong background in remediation efforts, having worked on environmental cleanup projects in California, Colorado and Russia. Zorba is a reserve officer in the Marine Corps, and served two tours in Iraq before returning to the environmental field in 2006.

“I’m very proud to be working for NASA,” Zorba says. “Public service really appeals to me and I feel this job will be a great fit, as though my previous experiences have all come together. I am excited about this new endeavor and I look forward to capitalizing on my strengths to advance cleanup at Santa Susana.”

Peter can be reached by email at or by phone at SSFL at (818) 466-8843.

SSFL FieldNOTES – April 2011

Published: 4/22/2011

The April edition of the SSFL FieldNOTES newsletter is now available online.

SSFL FieldNOTES - April 2011

Santa Susana Community Bus Tour – April 16, 2011

Published: 4/5/2011

Boeing, NASA, and DOE invite you to attend a bus tour of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory on Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please read the Santa Susana Community Tour flyer (04/16/2011) for more details.

Note: Seating is limited and an RSVP is mandatory.

NASA Releases 2010 Year in Review

Published: 1/21/2011

NASA reviews a year of progress in the cleanup of federally-administered lands at Santa Susana Field Lab. We are grateful for the involvement of so many local residents and we look forward to an active year of cleanup in 2011. The Year in Review 2010 contains a brief summary of highlights of the past year.

NASA Signs an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with DTSC

Published: 12/8/2010

NASA signed an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on Dec 6, 2010. The AOC defines the process for characterization and the cleanup of soils at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL).

"NASA is pleased to join with the Department of Energy and the State of California in signing these agreements and will do its part to assist with the Santa Susana cleanup,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We are committed to working with these partners to address the environmental concerns at this former test site.”

NASA-DTSC Administrative Order on Consent

NASA Completes Interim Soil Removal Action Excavation at Ash Pile/Sewage Treatment Plant

Published: 11/24/2010

In recent months, NASA has been excavating soils on the federally-administered property known as the Ash Pile/Sewage Treatment Plant area. The initial excavations were completed in October and confirmation samples were taken to confirm that all soils with levels above the targeted levels (known as “soil remediation goals” or, more colloquially, “ISRA cleanup goals”) had been removed. Those sampling results required a few additional removals. That was completed and again confirmation samples were taken. On November 22, 2010, NASA presented this most recent ISRA confirmation sample data to the RWQCB and DTSC. Results for NASA primary samples and split samples analyzed by the RWQCB were below (that is, better than) ISRA cleanup goals. Site restoration (recontouring the excavated areas and hydroseeding) for these ISRA excavations is planned to be completed by early December.