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Environmental Baseline Survey for Three Sites at TRW Capistrano Test Site, California

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Technical rept., Phase 1

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Assets of the Space-Based Laser SBL program at Capistrano Test Site CTS, California, are being transferred from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization BMDO to the United States Air Force USAF. These assets are situated at three adjacent sites named the High Energy Propellant Test Stand HEPTS, the Vertical Engine Test Stand VETS, and the High Altitude Test Stand HATS. The CTS is operated by TRW Corporation TRW under a long-term lease from the San Juan Company, which owns the Mission Viejo Ranch. The leased land is part of the Mission Viejo Ranch. This Phase I environmental baseline survey EBS is based on information obtained through a records search, interviews, and a visual site inspection VSI of the subject and adjacent properties. The records search included a review of all available Air Force and TRW records. These records include environmental restoration and compliance reports, audits, surveys, inspection reports, and a review of real estate documents for the subject property. Additionally, aerial photographs were analyzed, interviews were held with both civilian and military personnel, and a VSI of the sites and adjacent properties was conducted. This EBS includes an assessment of the environmental condition of the subject property as well as the properties immediately adjacent to or relatively near that could pose environmental concern or affect the subject property. Based on the categorization criteria presented in Section 1, the property is classified Category 1 and would be considered eligible for transfer of ownership. 28 tables, 13 figures, 25 refs.

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  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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