Before GSA can convey ownership of contaminated real property outside of the federal government, the governor must concur that the property is suitable for transfer prior to completion of the cleanup. The concurrence must be based upon a finding that the intended use is consistent with protection of human health and the environment and the transfer will not substantially delay any necessary environmental cleanup at the property.

If GSA merely transfers administrative responsibility of the property from the current land-holding agency to another federal agency, then title to the property remains in the United States and no state approvals are required for the transfer.

Flowchart illustrating the disposal process for federal real property: Excess, federal transfer, discount conveyance, negotiated sale, public sale

GSA follows the Section 106 review process of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 and complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 in taking disposition actions like the one for the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

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