Remediation and Restoration
Aerojet Rocketdyne: Sacramento
Aerojet Rocketdyne moved its test operations from Southern California to Sacramento in 1952. Purchasing approximately 13,000 acres of gold-dredged land, 25 miles east of the state capital, Aerojet Rocketdyne operated the largest rocket test facility in the free world. It was during the Space Race in the 1950s and 1960s that Aerojet Rocketdyne’s more than 20,000 Sacramento employees worked around the clock to design, build and test the rocket engines that would propel the Titan, Delta, Polaris, Apollo and Gemini vehicles and the space shuttle.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Aerojet Rocketdyne Sacramento expanded its business into national defense, becoming an early participant in President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.
After investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Sacramento facility was designated a federal Superfund site in 1983.
For many years, Aerojet Rocketdyne environmental engineers have worked aggressively to develop remediation processes to effectively and safely clean soil and groundwater. Aerojet Rocketdyne-led research and pilot studies have yielded several treatment methods for treating contaminated groundwater, including biological and ion exchange.
Today, with its innovative technologies, Aerojet Rocketdyne is pumping and treating millions of gallons of water daily at its Sacramento site.
Aerojet Rocketdyne: San Gabriel Valley
Since 1942 when Dr. Theodore von Karmen founded Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company conducted business at several sites in Southern California. In the San Gabriel Valley, Aerojet Rocketdyne and other owners of current or former industrial operations are currently working with the federal government and local water entities in groundwater cleanup and water supply efforts.
Aerojet Rocketdyne: Chino Hills
Aerojet’s past operations in Chino Hills, a community in southwestern San Bernardino County, included ordnance manufacturing and testing processes. Although Aerojet Rocketdyne has ceased operations in Chino Hills, it continues environmental cleanup of the site. The site is undergoing closure, and is overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
Aerojet Rocketdyne: Camden
Aerojet Rocketdyne acquired the Camden Arkansas operations in 2003. Located in the Highland Industrial Business Park the site occupies part of the former Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot operated by the U.S. Navy for the manufacture, testing, distribution, destruction, and storage of ordnance and rockets.