The former Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a 2,850-acre site with a rich history. Virtually every major U.S. space program, from the first manned Mercury flights to the Apollo moon landings and Space Shuttle fleet, owes part of its success to Santa Susana. It was also the site of energy research and development for the U.S. government, including leading-edge nuclear, solar and sodium technology.
Since acquiring its portion of the site in 1996, Boeing has made significant progress with cleanup and restoration. The company secured the future of nearly 2,400 acres as permanent open space habitat to benefit wildlife and the community, fulfilling a commitment made 10 years ago. The transformation of Santa Susana from field laboratory to open space is well underway, with native plants and animals reclaiming most of the previously developed areas of the property.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Status Update – November 28, 2018
Boeing’s operations at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory remain closed. Though no major structures were destroyed, much of the stormwater management infrastructure was damaged. Since November 15, when fire response teams determined it was safe to do so, crews have worked to remove ash and debris that could impact stormwater quality and to restore stormwater sampling, treatment and management systems. We are actively engaged with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on stormwater management system recovery, and are keeping the California Department of Toxic Substances Control informed of these efforts. We also have notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers of our intent to perform restoration in the outfalls and drainages throughout the site.
No measurable flow was observed at any of the stormwater outfalls during last week’s rain events. We will continue monitoring and sampling in future rain events under the oversight of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.
We continue to cooperate with Cal Fire in their investigation of the fire’s cause, which is unknown at this time. Additional information on the Woolsey Fire can be found on the Cal Fire Woolsey Fire Incident Information website and at the DTSC Community Update on Woolsey Fire. Community questions about the fire should be directed to DTSC, Los Angeles County or Ventura County Emergency Services.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory Status Update – November 14, 2018
Boeing’s operations at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory remain closed due to the Woolsey Fire. To ensure the safety of our employees, only emergency response activities are permitted on site until further notice. Preliminary estimates show that over half of the Boeing property at Santa Susana was burned, however, these assessments indicated no major structures were damaged. No hazardous waste facilities, areas where hazardous materials are stored or any areas where former nuclear research was performed appear to have been affected by the fire. In addition, all of our sites for air quality monitoring are intact.
According to the Department of Toxic Substances Control, there is no threat to surrounding communities due to smoke from the fire at Santa Susana. DTSC also says preliminary results from measurements taken on Sunday “indicate no unusual compounds in the air or soil, and no elevated radiation levels.” An assessment of the site by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also found “no discernible level of radiation in the tested area.”
We are cooperating with Cal Fire on their investigation; the cause of the fire is not known at this time.
Additional information on the Woolsey Fire can be found on the Cal Fire Woolsey Fire Incident Information website and at the DTSC Community Update on Woolsey Fire. Community questions about the fire should be directed to DTSC, Los Angeles County or Ventura County Emergency Services.
Boeing Draft DTSC Environmental Impact Report Stakeholder Summary
Boeing Statement at DOE Draft EIS Public Meeting
Santa Susana EIR One-pager
Santa Susana Backgrounder
Stormwater Fact Sheet