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Para Más Información En Español, llame a Angel Castillo, NASA JPL, Teléfono (818) 354-1585.

The following is for journalists, news editors and/or news producers seeking information about the NASA Groundwater Cleanup Program:

Media Contact -- Groundwater Cleanup Program, NASA Management Office, 180-801, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109 or

Media Credentialing -- Journalists who wish to access the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for purposes related to NASA’s groundwater cleanup should contact NASA through Merrilee Fellows at (202) 746-4308,, to arrange for advance credentials. All media representatives must submit the request a week in advance and bring valid governmental photo identification. Non-U.S. citizens must bring additional documentation. Journalists who hold a JPL press badge must make a separate request to Merrilee Fellows, noted above, to access the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for issues regarding NASA’s groundwater cleanup project.

News and information on the NASA groundwater cleanup, including an electronic copy of this general information backgrounder, fact sheets, status reports and images, are available on the NASA groundwater cleanup Website at

Media Interview Requests

All media inquiries (for background information, public/community meetings, interviews, photography) and visits to the JPL facility regarding NASA's groundwater cleanup efforts must be coordinated through:

Merrilee Fellows
NASA Manager for Community Involvement
Phone: (202) 746-4308

If Merrilee Fellows is not available, please contact Burt Peretsky at (781) 828-4714 or (781) 696-5579.

During media interviews, a NASA representative may be present and record the interview.

Emergency Situations

Recognizing the need for media to obtain timely and accurate information during an emergency situation, NASA's groundwater manager for community involvement will make every effort to provide timely updates and appropriate information. Depending on the situation, access to the on-site groundwater treatment system may be restricted.

Media Visits to JPL facility regarding NASA's groundwater cleanup

All members of the media must contact NASA's Manager for Community Involvement twenty-four hours in advance to receive clearance and to arrange entry into the facility. A NASA representative will accompany all journalists, photographers, videographers and other media representatives while on the JPL facility.

News & Film Crews: We have established the following guidelines for your visit.

Our first priority is the scientists' and engineers' work. Please cooperate with their limits. This includes respecting the designated areas for filming, honoring the start and end times for interviews, and abiding by the schedule.

The Manager for Community Involvement is in charge of setting up the schedule. Our office is responsible for deciding the schedule and setting up the time and location and duration of the shoot. Phone or scouting interviews are allowed, but all schedules will be worked by media relations.

You must inform us how much time it will take for the crew to set up lights and cameras. Please overestimate and take into account the time it will take to travel around JPL's campus-style facility. We will not be able to accommodate requests for extraordinarily long set-up times.

Before your visit to JPL can be arranged, please call Merrilee Fellows at (202) 746-4308, or email:

You must provide a letter from the company with whom you've contracted, stating that you have a contract or assignment with them to interview at JPL. Please fax this letter to (818) 393-5103 before beginning to arrange the visit.

In order to clear your visit through security, we need to know the name and nationality of each crew member. If a crew member is not a United States citizen, please provide their passport number, date of expiration, and passport type. United States citizens must present a valid driver's license or identification card when checking in. Non-citizens need their passports or resident alien cards with them. No children or other non-working family members may accompany the crew.

Please be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your start time with your identification, in order to be checked in.

Please make an effort to streamline your set-up times and equipment transport; the schedule is very busy and experts will not be available after their scheduled times. Most people leave JPL around 4:30 p.m. so please be packed up by 5:00 p.m.. We've established this schedule so that the day will move smoothly.

You may bring one equipment truck at most on the Lab's property. Parking is very tight, so be aware that you will have to be documented by security to drive an equipment truck, and that you may be asked during the shoot to move your vehicle.

You will be escorted all day by a media relations representative - not necessarily the media relations representative who arranged your interview. If you must change a scheduled element, please check with the media relations representative who arranged your visit. The escort will be provided with the contact info. Please note that any last minute schedule changes can only be made by the media relations representative who arranged the schedule. No escort, other than the media relations representative, will be able to change the set schedule on the day of the visit.

The entire crew must be within sight of the escort at all times.

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