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Site Report: Arctic Village School

Site Name: Arctic Village School
Address: East Fork Chandalar River, 100 Miles N of Fort Yukon, Arctic Village, AK 99722
File Number: 700.38.001, 700.57.001
Hazard ID: 1599
Status: Active
Staff: Janice Wiegers, 9074512127
Latitude: 68.128649
Longitude: -145.533902
Horizontal Datum:WGS84

We make every effort to ensure the data presented here is accurate based on the best available information currently on file with DEC. It is therefore subject to change as new information becomes available. We recommend contacting the assigned project staff prior to making decisions based on this information.


School Tank farm has history of diesel spills, leaking pipes and overfills appear to be typical causes. Many of these spills are due to poor housekeeping and handling practices. Also waste oil spill and broken batteries evidenced. A majority of the contamination at the school tank farm was caused by a small hole in Tank 5 and minor spills and leaks from the fuel lines. Other impacts were identified in and around the School Generator Bldg and the day tank and used oil storage area. DRO and GRO contamination. Approximately 600 cubic yards of estimated impacted soil. This was to be addressed by TAPL Program. West in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, along East Fork of the Chandalar River. (FY93) (rpltr9) The spill that occurred at the school garage building was transferred from PERP. (Spill #95309921901, 500 gallons of diesel spill on 8/7/95.) A Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) of the Arctic Village School was completed in 2005 and provided to DEC in 2006. The site visit for the TBA occurred in 2004. A separate brownfield file, no. 740.57.001, was set up to track on this work and it contains a copy of the TBA report.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
10/10/1992 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = NOR - Notice of Release Letter (LUST)). Notified school district of suspected release, requested response letter within 45 days outlining corrective action plan. Cindy Thomas
11/24/1992 Site Added to Database Diesel. No Longer Assigned
12/21/1992 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = CORR - Correspondence (General)). Sent letter "intent to provide services" from Shannon and Wilson for Yukon Flats SD to perform site assessment work. Will await for Draft plan. Cindy Thomas
1/13/1993 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Initial ranking. No Longer Assigned
6/8/1993 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Reranked for previously unknown water exposures with new data by project manager. No Longer Assigned
6/17/1993 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = SA1 - Phase I Site Assessment (General)). Shannon and Wilson Site Assessment report submitted to ADEC. Summarizes findings of field assessment. Noted were: drums of waste oil in poor condition, an antiquated tank farm with a number of operational spills and historic leaks. No contamination noted by lagoon. Recommended soil treatment and system repairs to correct situation. YFSD included a cover letter which suggested a tank farm maintenance visit, and landspreading contaminated soils in summer 1994. Cindy Thomas
4/14/1994 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RPL2 - Site Information Request Letter). Letter sent to Yukon Flats School District requesting response to ADEC's 12/92 request for a site assessment at Arctic Village Tank Farm. Have heard no reply. Request reply in 14 days to describe proposed correct action plans. Cindy Thomas
4/21/1994 Site Characterization Report Approved (Old R:Base Action Code = SA1R - Phase I SA Review (CS/LUST)). Reviewed Shannon and Wilson Site Assessment report. Sent response letter to YFSD agreeing with general cleanup recommendations but suggesting stockpiling of soils and evaluating other treatment options. Will try to meet with YFSD staff and arrange a site visit this summer. Need to find treatment suitable to protect human health while minimizing costs. Cindy Thomas
5/24/1994 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RECN - Site Reconnaissance (CS)). Inspected site with representatives from TCC and YFSD to evaluate severity of problem. Witnessed considerable contamination throughout entire school property: Saturated sandy soils beneath tanks; no liner and minimal berm around tank farm; breach in dike and evidence of contamination beyond breach running down hill; poor delivery line; extremely poor and disorganized piping system throughout school property; at least 12 separate instances of active dripping fuel, stained soil at elbows; waste oil spillage; broken underground fuel line to old teacher housing. Will work with YFSD and TCC to develop cleanup plan. Cindy Thomas
2/7/1995 Update or Other Action SITE SUMMARY: Old leaking AST farm and poor waste oil handling practices have resulted in widespread contamination throughout school grounds. Site needs attention by school district has limited funds. They should submit report to verify that they corrected leaking pipe joints. Site assessment and CAP required. TCC was investigating funding sources. Cindy Thomas
9/6/2000 Update or Other Action Letter from EPA regarding site visit in June 2000. Letter noted heavily stained soils, product pooled on surface of puddles near tank farm, and strong fuel related fumes. This letter has been placed in the file. Renee Evans
12/16/2002 Update or Other Action This site was modified to include additional information that was determined by Oasis Environmental for the TAPL projects. This site should be addressed under the TAPL Program. Deborah Williams
3/2/2004 Update or Other Action Currently working with Yukon Flats school district on cleanup plan. YFSD may recieve capital improvement funding from EED to rebuild school on new site and some monies to remediate old school site. Mike Jaynes
11/1/2004 Update or Other Action LC 14138160 established. David Pikul
11/15/2004 Update or Other Action Brownfield program receives courtesy e-copy of SQAP from EPA START Contractor, defining quality assurance objectives and sampling plan for the Targeted Brownfield Assessment. John Carnahan
12/20/2004 Update or Other Action Brownfield program receives courtesy copy of 'Arctic Village School, Pre-Demolition and Site Corrective Action Schematic Design and Cost Estimate' from Nortech, working for YFSD. John Carnahan
5/16/2005 Update or Other Action Review Arctic Village School Pre-demolition and Site Corrective Action Plan. David Pikul
5/17/2005 Update or Other Action File review and communications with Nortech regarding their planned site work. DEC suggested that they might consider approach under interim removal. David Pikul
6/5/2006 Brownfields Award DEC's Contaminated Sites Program office in Fairbanks received a copy of the Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) for the Arctic Village School on this date. The date of the report is May 2005. Field activities for this project were done in conjunction with work by NORTECH Environmental, which was performing a predemolition building survey and site inspection for hazardous materials. Areas considered for investigation were based on information provided in the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government's proposal for the TBA and a work plan developed by the Yukon Flats School District through NORTECH. Results of subsurface soil sampling indicated widespread DRO and GRO contamination, with the highest concentrations located between the elementary school and preschool (3,240 mg/kg to 22,200 mg/kg), the area surrounding the former generator building (613 mg/kg to 29,500 mg/kg), and around the active tank farm (480 mg/kg to 17,400 mg/kg). Lead contamination in soil was also noted, and was attributed to lead-based paint flaking off the elementary school building and the propane storage building. [see file 700.57.001] Sonja Benson
7/3/2006 Update or Other Action ADEC received the Nortech Arctic Village School Demolition and Site Remediation Plan. According to the plan, the action cleanup level for DRO in the top two feet of soil is 200 mg/kg and for soil greater than 2 feet below ground surface 4,000 mg/kg. The excavation will be backfilled with a minimum of 2 feet of clean silty soil in order to promote permafrost freeze back. Once the project is awarded to a contractor, they will submit a work plan to the Department for approval for the treatment and disposal of the contaminated soil. Deborah Williams
7/5/2006 Update or Other Action Site transferred from Pikul to Frechione. Aggie Blandford
8/7/2006 Update or Other Action Site transferred from Frechione to Williams. Deborah Williams
8/29/2006 Update or Other Action ADEC approved the Arctic Village School Demolition and Site Remediation Plan. Deborah Williams
3/31/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Bill O'Connell
10/15/2008 Update or Other Action ADEC received a request for comments on an application for the installation of a test well in the vicinity of the school. Well will undergo a 24 hr withdrawal test and will be between 200-400 feet deep. Information was provided on the presence of a contaminated site and the finding of free product during the new school construction. Tamara Cardona-Marek
1/26/2009 Update or Other Action ADEC received the Correlation Study Report for Contaminated Soils at the New School Project. Tamara Cardona-Marek
3/27/2009 Proposed Plan ADEC received and reviewed the Sampling and Analysis Plan for Corrective Action and Remediation of Contaminated Soils Arctic Village School. Plan was aapproved after minor ADEC requests for modifications. Plan describes in details screening and confirmation sample collection. Tamara Cardona-Marek
3/31/2009 Proposed Plan ADEC received the Soil Remediation Workplan. Plan was reviewed by Cardona-Marek and O'Connell. Comments were sent to consultant and additional information regarding a determination from Air Quality regarding a permit was requested. CS will wait on additional information regarding the air permit prior to granting an approval. Tamara Cardona-Marek
5/18/2009 Proposed Plan ADEC received the updated Corrective Action Plan, Sampling and Analysis Plan and Soil Remediation Work Plan for the contaminated soils at Arctic Village. Tamara Cardona-Marek
5/26/2009 Meeting or Teleconference Held ADEC contacted the Yukon Flats School District Facilities Director to confirm that they have been contacted regarding the updated Corrective Action Plan for the Arctic Village School. Tamara Cardona-Marek
5/28/2009 Cleanup Plan Approved ADEC approved the Corrective Action Plan, Soil Remediation Workplan and Sampling and Analysis Plan as modified for the Arctic Village School Site. Approval letter has been mailed to consultant; e-mail copies have been sent to scool district and landowner. Tamara Cardona-Marek
7/16/2009 Update or Other Action DEC spoke with consultant for an update on the site remediation. Twice the amount of estimated contaminated soil has been identified. Contract will not be able to cover entire cleanup therefore alternatives are being explored by consultants and school district. Tamara Cardona-Marek
7/23/2009 Site Visit DEC staff visited site during cleanup activities. School district, contractor and consultant were present during visit. A meeting was held at the Council office to update council members on the cleanup status. Alternatives on how to deal with the additional contamination are being evaluated. Tamara Cardona-Marek
8/21/2009 Update or Other Action DEC sends letter of support for Yukon Flats School District's plan to request additional funding for continued cleanup. Request application is being compiled by Charlie Carlson, Facilities Specialist, SERRC. Janice Wiegers
6/29/2010 Report or Workplan Review - Other DEC received the cleanup report from Nortech. Report summarizes cleanup activities in Arctic Village in 2009. Some of the contamination on site was excavated and remediated, however an additional 2000 cubic yards of contaminated soil are believed to remain on site. Remaining contaminated soil was capped with two feet of clean soil. DEC commented on report. Tamara Cardona-Marek
12/29/2010 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 78343 Fuel Leaks/Spills . Tamara Cardona-Marek
3/22/2011 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC met with Nortech and the DEC Solid Waste Program to discuss available funding for additional school cleanup for 2012 and alternatives for cleanup and best use of the funds. Tamara Cardona-Marek
3/24/2011 Update or Other Action DEC received update from Village Safewater indicating that the new water source planned for Arctic Village will be an improved surface water intake on the Chandalar River instead of the previously evaluated sub-permafrost well. Tamara Cardona-Marek
7/11/2011 Update or Other Action The Department of Education has received funding for the cleanup of the remaining contaminated soil identified at the Arctic Village School site during the old school building demolition. Tamara Cardona-Marek
7/14/2011 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC Contaminated Sites traveled to Arctic Village with Solid Waste, Nortech, USDA, and a representative from the school district, among others; to discuss the alternatives for remediaton of the remaining contaminated soil at the Arctic Village School. Community members voted and selected landfarming the contaminated soil at the current unpermitted landfill location and building a new permitted landfill adjacent to the current one. They will work with Solid Waste on the permitting and construction of the new landfill. Funding for the new landfil must come from a different source than funding for the school cleanup. Tamara Cardona-Marek
8/20/2012 Update or Other Action DEC Contaminated Sites Program discussed with Village Safewater the placement of the new washeteria within the area that has undergone Corrective Action (Nortech, 2009). Washeteria will be located west of the new utilidor and west of the area with remaining contamination. Construction will not require excavation and the structure will have about a foot of clearance beneath the building (thus, vapor intrusion is not an issue). Village Safewater will contact Contaminated Sites if any contamination is encountered during the project. Workers will be briefed regarding the area of contamination adjacent to the construction area. Tamara Cardona-Marek
9/24/2013 Update or Other Action Changed staff assigned name from Janice Wiegers to Michelle Barnes temporarily in order to make site location updates. Evonne Reese
9/24/2013 Update or Other Action Site symbol visually adjusted using ArcGIS and documents from the file. 68.128649, -145.533902. 9/24/13; MLB Michelle Barnes
1/21/2014 Update or Other Action Letter sent to Superintendent Bowie requesting update on 2009 cleanup. Requested a cleanup schedule and a copy of the Project Agreement awarding funding from the Department of Education and Early Development what DEC understands has not yet been signed. Certified letter returned by post 2/12/14 due to "Attempted - Not known". Janice Wiegers
7/6/2015 Update or Other Action DEC received copy of letter to the Yukon Flats School District from Department of Education and Early Development (DEED). DEED indicated it is releasing some funding to begin work on the Corrective Action Plan. The school district is required to provide an updated scope and budget. Janice Wiegers
2/22/2016 Update or Other Action Letter received from the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Council, Arctic Village Council, and The Venetie Village Council requesting information about the cleanup of the Arctic Village School site. DEC sent a letter to YFSD and DEED requesting an update on the funding and plans for additional corrective action. In the letter, DEC noted that reports and pictures of water/sheen leaching from the gravels used to cover the remaining contamination were provided to the department. The sheen was observed on June 30, 2015 by staff associate with the DEC Solid Waste Program. Janice Wiegers
5/23/2016 Update or Other Action Contacted by Don Hiley of the SERRC. He will be acting as the construction manager for the soil remediation. SERRC is currently in the process of hiring a design contractor, which will likely begin work in July, which will be followed by a construction contractor in February 2017. Janice Wiegers
6/30/2016 Update or Other Action This site is being addressed through the cleanup for the Arctic Village School underway through the Yukon Flats School District with funding from the Department of Education and Early Development. Progress at this site is currently being tracked at Arctic Village School, Hazard ID 1599, File Number 700.38.001. Janice Wiegers
8/25/2016 Update or Other Action Received project update from Nortech. Planning includes a site visit, kickoff meeting with stakeholders and regulators, and surveying of the current site conditions this fall. Janice Wiegers
10/31/2016 Report or Workplan Review - Other DEC received Monitoring Well Sampling Report from Nortech. Monitoring was conducted on September 20 from two sets of observations wells placed under the new school building during construction due to the observation of diesel free product on or in permafrost in these two locations. Shallow wells SW-1, SW-2, and SW-3, and deep well DW-3 which bridged during installation and is now a shallow well, contained water, but no product. Water samples from these wells contained only low levels of DRO and 2-methylnaphthalene. Deep wells DW-1 and DW-2 contained product. Three gallons of product were removed from DW-1 with a bailer; no product was removed from DW-2 due to equipment problems. Janice Wiegers
11/3/2016 Meeting or Teleconference Held Public meeting held in Arctic Village with community, tribal council, School District, Nortech, and DEC representatives. The meeting included discussion of the cleanup plans and long-term management of contaminated soils. Janice Wiegers
1/27/2017 Update or Other Action Draft work plans for school site restoration and landfarm construction submitted by Nortech. Janice Wiegers
2/28/2017 Meeting or Teleconference Held Met with Nortech Environmental and DEC Solid Waste staff to discuss preliminary DEC comments on School site restoration and landfarm workplans. Janice Wiegers
3/3/2017 Update or Other Action DEC sent letter with comments to the Draft Site Restoration and Draft Landfarm workplans developed by Nortech as part of the 95% design effort for the school cleanup project. Nortech plans to go out to bid for a contractor this spring to complete the excavation work and develop a landfarm at the former village dumpsite. Removal efforts are projected to include more than 3,500 cubic yards of diesel-contaminated soil. Janice Wiegers
3/10/2017 Update or Other Action Nortech submitted 95% design plans for the school site restoration and the landfarm for DEC review. Plans will be included when the project goes out to bid in late March. Janice Wiegers
4/5/2017 Update or Other Action DEC sent a letter to SERRC providing comments to the 95% plans for the School Site Restoration and Landfarm Construction and Operations Project. Janice Wiegers
4/12/2017 Update or Other Action DEC Solid Waste Program sent a letter to SERRC responding to a March 13th waiver request from Nortech to deviate from the standard closure methods for rural landfills. DEC approved waiver of the post-closure requirements in 18 AAC 60.396 for the old Arctic Village landfill, which will be used as the location of the Arctic Village School landfarm. As part of the landfill closure, an interim 12-inch cover will be added to the landfill prior to landfarm construction. Once landfarming is complete, the remediated soil and clean material from the surrounding berms will be used for the final landfill cover material. For permanaent closure, the landfill must have a 36 inch cover, graded to promote proper drainage, and revegetated. Post-closure monitoring will be required for 5 years following approval by the DEC Contaminated Sites Program for landfarm closure. The post-closure monitoring is expected to be completed by the native Village of Venetie Tribal Government. Janice Wiegers
4/13/2017 Update or Other Action 100% design plans provided by Nortech. The final work plans will be submitted once the subcontractor is hired. Janice Wiegers
4/14/2017 Update or Other Action Nortech provided copy of the Invitation to Bid for the Arctic Village School Site Restoration and Land Farm Project. Janice Wiegers
5/12/2017 Update or Other Action Received call from Nortech indicating that Ahtna Environmental will be contractor for the school cleanup work and landfarm construction. A schedule will be developed soon. Janice Wiegers
6/15/2017 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC Solid Waste and Contaminated Sites staff met with Melissa Shippey of Nortech to go over finalization of workplans for the school restoration and landfarming. Janice Wiegers
6/16/2017 Cleanup Plan Approved DEC staff from Contaminated Sites Program and Solid Waste Program approved preliminary cleanup plans for landfarm site preparation and preliminary assessment (drilling and soil sample collection) in Arctic Village. The contractor plans to begin this initial phase of the work on June 21st. Additional revisions to the school restoration and landfarming workplans will be completed before final approval is given. Janice Wiegers
6/29/2017 Update or Other Action DEC staff from Contaminated Sites Program and Solid Waste Program provided additional comments to revised workplans. Janice Wiegers
7/3/2017 Update or Other Action Received daily field reports for project preparation work completed in Arctic Village June 30th through July 2nd. The landfarm site was graded, sloped seeded, and a fence and berm placed around the site. Preliminary sampling was also completed at the school site to evaluate current conditions. Nortech is reviewing the data from this effort. Contractor plans to go back out to Arctic Village to start contaminated soil removal on July 5th. Janice Wiegers
5/11/2018 Report or Workplan Review - Other SERRC submitted Site Restoration Report prepared by Nortech and dated April 6, 2018. During the 2017 site work, 6,200 cubic yards of contaminated soil was removed and landfarmed at the Arctic Village unpermitted dump site near the airport. Janice Wiegers
5/11/2018 Report or Workplan Review - Other SERRC submitted Dump Site Interim Closure Report prepared by Nortech and dated March 30, 2018. The dump site is located 2.8 miles west of Arctic Village and covered approximately 4 acres. An 8.5 acre lot surrounding the dump site is being leased by the Yukon Flats School District for landfarming petroleum contaminated soil from the Arctic Village School soil excavation conducted in 2017. To prepare the site for landfarming, the contractors consolidated the solid waste and graded the area to eliminate steep slopes. An interim cover of 12 inches of clean gravel was spread over the site to close out the dump site, and petroleum contaminated material was spread 24 inches deep over the gravel. The village has agreed to maintaining the 5-year post closure care for the landfill by following monitoring requirements of 18 AAC 60.396. Janice Wiegers

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