Cultural and Biological Studies Protect SSFL Environment and History
Protecting the environment and history of Area IV at Santa Susana Field Laboratory is a key goal during the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) studies and cleanup of contamination there.
Biological studies identify threatened and endangered plant and animal species that may be located at the site so that scientists and technicians can avoid damage to the environment while they study potential contamination in the area.
Cultural studies identify historical artifacts and other features at the site so that they can be protected during studies and cleanup.
The findings in these studies are taken into consideration in two crucial ways:
- As a part of work plans and actual procedures for studies of contamination at the site
- As a part of evaluations of potential environmental impacts when scientists develop options for cleanup of contamination. These potential impacts will be included in documents such as the (federally-mandated) Environmental Impact Statement or the (state-mandated) Environmental Impact Report.