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You are the kind of guy that likes to know the facts, so here are some by Tetra Tech Report: Lockheed Martin Beaumont (Revised 2010)
LPC = Lockheed Propulsion Company
2.2.1 Lockheed Operations (1960-1974)
From 1960 and continuing until 1974, the Site was used by LPC. LPC became an operating
division of LAC in 1963 and was responsible for the operation of the Site until its closure in 1974.
LPC operations included solid rocket propellant production and testing, rocket motor and weapons
testing, and ballistics tests. Aerojet leased portions of the Site for ammunition research and
development (R&D) from the mid-1960s to 1974. (Tetra Tech, March 2003). Activities at the Site
included rocket motor production (mixing of solid rocket fuel, curing of solid rocket fuel, and
testing of solid rocket fuel motors); ballistics testing; and destruction of process chemicals and
waste rocket propellants in open burn pits (Tetra Tech, March 2003). In 1970, LMC began
offering their test services to outside parties and leased property to Aerojet Corporation (Aerojet)
and allowed General Dynamics to conduct testing on several occasions (Radian, 1986).
2.2.2 Non-Lockheed Operations
LMC leased portions of the Site to several outside parties for use in various activities. The
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) utilized the Site from 1971 through 1991 for
surveying and heavy equipment training. The main office of the IUOE was formerly located
within Bunker 304 of Historical Operational Area F (LPC Test Services Area). The IUOE had
approximately 75 to 100 pieces of heavy equipment on-site, including a rock crusher, for road
building and other purposes (e.g., grading operations and landscaping). Additionally, IUOE
operated an underground fuel storage tank. Based on interviews, degreasing of the IUOE
equipment was reportedly conducted by steam cleaning with no solvent usage. The IUOE
earth-moving activities involved maintaining roads and reshaping various parts of the Site,
primarily within Historical Operational Areas F and G (Tetra Tech, March 2003).
A portion of the Site was also leased by a farmer who utilized a number of areas for sheep grazing
and dry-land farming. Most level areas throughout the Site, including the Burn Pit Area (BPA) and
the LPC and Aerojet test ranges, were planted with barley. Planting activities were preceded by
mechanical cultivation of the soil to depths of approximately 1 foot (Tetra Tech, March 2003).
On several occasions, General Dynamics utilized Historical Operational Area B [Rocket Motor
Production Area (RMPA)] for testing activities. In 1983, General Dynamics conducted a test of
the Viper bazooka by firing rounds comprised of a 2.7-inch rocket motor, explosives, and shaped Revised
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charges toward steel targets in Historical Operational Area B. Only shrapnel remained from this
test. General Dynamics also fired 20 millimeter (mm) and 30mm Phalanx Gatling guns from north
to south toward a berm that was built near the former short-range attack missile (SRAM) motor
washout area. Only practice rounds were used during this activity (Tetra Tech, March 2003).
Structural Composites used the steep terrain of the Site for vehicle rollover tests on a number of
occasions. Structural Composites also conducted heat and puncture tests on pressurized fiberglass
and plastic reinforced cylinders. The tests involved shooting a single 30-caliber round at the
cylinders and recording the result. (Tetra Tech, March 2003)
2.2.3 Land Use After Lockheed
The Site is vacant and is generally characterized by hilly topography with associated drainages and
valley bottom areas. Improvements at the Site include, but are not limited to, several abandoned
buildings and bunkers in varying states of deterioration, paved roads, and several concrete
foundations from removed structures, inactive/disabled test stands and pads, and revetments. A
mobile trailer and an inoperable groundwater treatment system are still present on the Site.
Currently, the site is inactive except for ongoing investigation activities. The State of California
purchased 8,552 acres of the Site in December 2003, and it is being managed by the California
Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) as part of San Jacinto Wildlife Area. LMC owns the
remaining 565 acres within the conservation easement (Figure 2-2).
Now, there is some food for thought.