IRP Site 70 - Research, Testing and Evaluation Area
Site 70 is the location of a facility built and operated by North American Aviation (under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) between 1962 and 1973 for the design and manufacture of the second stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle for the Apollo moon rocket program. During that time, chlorinated solvents (primarily trichloroethene, [TCE]) used in the manufacturing process were released to the environment, resulting in contamination of the groundwater under Site 70.
A feasibility study to evaluate cleanup alternatives was completed in 2005, and in 2006 the Navy selected in situ enhanced bioremediation, monitored natural attenuation, and land use controls as the remedy for groundwater contamination at the site. Remedial action construction was completed in late 2007 and treatment began in December of 2008. Over 90% of the original TCE contamination has been degraded to its daughter products. The current remediation focuses on controling the migration of the contaminants. Periodic groundwater sampling to monitor site conditions will continue throughout implementation of the remedial action.
|Size||Site: 35 Acres, Plume Size: 110 Acres|
|Location (see map)||R, T & E area located adjacent to intersection of Seal Beach Blvd. and Westminster Avenue|
|Contamination Source||NASA rocket booster construction|
|Potential Waste Types||Solvents (TCE)|
|Est. Response Complete||Active Treatment: 2024, Monitoring for Natural Attenuation: 2060|