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Site Report: ADOT&PF SREB - Savoonga Airport (Old)

Site Name: ADOT&PF SREB - Savoonga Airport (Old)
Address: Kava Road; Savoonga Airport; ~0.3 Mile N/NE of Runway, North Coast of St. Lawrence Island; ~164 Miles W of Nome, Savoonga, AK 99769
File Number: 670.38.004
Hazard ID: 25421
Status: Active
Staff: Erin Gleason, 9072697556
Latitude: 63.694963
Longitude: -170.482842
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.


Until 1996, ADOT&PF operated the (old) snow removal equipment building (SREB) in Savoonga; approximately 0.3 mile N/NE of the airport runway. The building is now occupied by the local tribal government or Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) Council for storage, maintenance, and fueling of heavy equipment. The unheated building has a gravel floor with numerous stained areas and a 300-gallon aboveground storage tank used for fueling equipment. In June, 2009, DRO and RRO above cleanup levels were found in surface soil samples. Approximately 242 cubic yards of contaminated soil was removed in 2009 and incorporated into the Savoonga Airport runway/apron. Petroleum contamination remained at excavation limits. A new ADOT&PF SREB has since been constructed closer to the airport runway.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
6/23/2009 Site Added to Database A new site has been added to the database Mitzi Read
7/8/2009 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 78786 name: ADOT&PF SREB - Savoonga Airport Mitzi Read
8/18/2009 Cleanup Plan Approved DEC approved cleanup plan for DOT to remove approximately 200 cubic yard of contaminated soil for incorporation into a new wind cone pad under construction by DOT. Soil samples from the SREB floor identified GRO up to 5.27 mg/kg, DRO up to 2,340 mg/kg, and RRO up to 2,510 mg/kg. Frozen ground was found 12 inches beneath the floor. Janice Wiegers
8/28/2009 Update or Other Action DEC approved transport of 200 cy of contaminated soil to the airport for spreading on the apron center line. Janice Wiegers
7/15/2010 Update or Other Action Approved transport of 16 cy of DRO contaminated soil in supersacks for spreading on the airport apron. Janice Wiegers
3/8/2011 Update or Other Action Sam Meyers (DOT) submitted a report describing interim cleanup actions during summer 2010. DEC reviewed the report but requested additional reporting through a third party contractor. Janice Wiegers
6/10/2013 Update or Other Action DEC coordinated with DOT regarding plans for the old SREB building. DOT indicated the Savoonga Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) is currently using the building for snow removal equipment. The IRA placed gravel on the floor of the building. DOT Construction has turned management of the SREB building back over to DOT Maintenance & Operations. DEC requested a copy of the report that the 2009 ECC work plan indicated would be written. The 2009 plan was written for DOT Construction. Janice Wiegers
4/27/2018 Update or Other Action DEC sent letter to DOT summarizing site activity and indicating site cannot be closed until additional characterization completed. Janice Wiegers

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