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Site Report: ADOT&PF Port Heiden Airport, Block 1A, Lot 100

Site Name: ADOT&PF Port Heiden Airport, Block 1A, Lot 100
Address: Port Heiden Airport; Former Frosty Fuels' Tank Farm and Old Reeve Warehouse area, Port Heiden, AK 99549
File Number: 2637.57.002
Hazard ID: 25437
Status: Active
Staff: Joshua Barsis, 9072697691
Latitude: 56.958523
Longitude: -158.637275
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.


The Port Heiden Airport was built during World War II and is currently State-owned. The airport consists of a lighted gravel 5,000-feet long by 100-feet wide runway and a 4,000-feet long by 100-feet wide lighted gravel crosswind runway. The site in question was originally a repair facility/hangar for fighter and bomber aircraft used in the Aleutian Campaign. The original hangar was removed in the 1970s and a mail storage and maintenance garage was built on the site by Reeve Aleutian Airways (RAA) and included a power generation plant for the runway lights and flight aid installations. The Reeve Warehouse was removed in 2007 and the cement pad that was originally built during the war is all that remains there. The area to the Southwest and adjacent to the former Reeve Warehouse site was used for underground fuel storage for operations of RAA. During the removal of the underground and above ground storage tanks in 1992, petroleum contamination was identified in the soils and the shallow groundwater aquifer. This site was managed under the DEC Contaminated Sites Program and a conditional closure decision letter was issued February 14, 2008. Information on this site can be found in File 2637.26.002. The Airport is also a Formerly Used Defense (FUD) site and it is likely that spills and leakage from the 24,000 drums around the site and subsequent use of the hangar facility by other agencies and individuals prior to RAA, and since World War II, could have left contaminants that are not documented. The presumed contamination area is on the Northwest corner of the airport apron in and around the old hangar cement pad and the area designated as Frosty Fuels’ former tank farm. There are barrels of unknown substances and debris on the old hangar pad. There are no existing buildings on the site. The tanks, pump house, and warehouse were removed in 2007. The airport is within a half mile of established berry picking areas and it is the site of caribou feeding habitat.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
7/27/2009 Site Added to Database A new site has been added to the database Deborah Williams
8/31/2009 Update or Other Action Notice to proceed was awarded to Hoefler through SPAR term contract. Project managed under Reuse and Redevelopment Program. Deborah Williams
10/13/2009 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC held a stakeholder meeting for ADOT&PF Port Heiden Airport. The participants of the meeting included representatives from DOT (Tina Schimschat and Jennifer Kuentzel), Hoefler (consultants for this project)(Jessica Adema and Phil Barnes) and from DEC (Deborah Williams, Sonja Benson and John Carnahan). The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the plans for the work to be completed at the site (Property Assessment and Cleanup Plan) and give the consultants an opportunity to ask any questions of the landowner. Deborah Williams
10/27/2009 Site Visit Hoefler, consultant for DEC, conducted a site visit of the ADOT&PF Port Heiden Airport to collect information for the property assessment and cleanup plan. Deborah Williams
7/30/2010 Update or Other Action Received a draft Property Assessment and Cleanup Plan (PACP) for the ADOT&PF Port Heiden Airport site. Below are the recommendations from Hoefler, based on the 2009 PACP, on actions necessary to bring the Port Heiden Airport property to a condition suitable for reuse: • Investigate surface soils adjacent to the pad area to determine if PCBs are a COC at the site (Hoefler recommends up to ten surface and near surface soil samples should be collected at the area adjacent to the concrete pad. They recommend analyzing the samples for PCBs (Aroclor 1260 and total PCBs), GRO, BTEX, DRO and RRO). A rough estimate of the total volume of potentially PCB-contaminated material that may require offsite disposal is approximately 90 cubic yards; • Perform a groundwater sampling event to determine if contaminants in the groundwater are continuing to naturally attenuate; • Excavate contaminated soil north of the pad (approximately 0.5 cubic yards) and spill cleanup on the pad (associated with a leaking drum on the southeast corner of the pad); • Dispose of petroleum product containing drums via energy recovery or offsite disposal; • Recycle universal waste (lead acid batteries); • Dispose miscellaneous equipment and debris; and • Implement institutional controls at the site to alert site workers and site users to avoid contact with groundwater. A rough cost estimate for additional characterization, excavation and disposal of contaminated soils, cleanup and disposal of the pad spill, and waste and debris disposal is $113,836. This estimate assumes: • Excavation and offsite disposal of 90 cy of PCB-contaminated soil; • Approximately 0.5 cy of petroleum-contaminated soil can be managed in Port Heiden through landspreading; • Offsite disposal of hazardous debris (off spec used oil, lead batteries, GAC filter drums, compressed gas cylinders, and spent sorbent used during the pad cleanup) and large debris items (empty chemical totes) utilizing a waste backhaul program; • Onsite disposal of smaller and unregulated waste items in the Port Heiden Class III landfill; and • The community of Port Heiden would assume responsibility of burning used oil appropriate for energy recovery. Deborah Williams
9/2/2010 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 78800 name: Drum storage area Deborah Williams
11/24/2014 Update or Other Action Reviewed file and coordinated with IC Unit and DOT to seeking an update in the site status. Reiterate that contamination was identified and may require further assessment or clarification. John Carnahan
11/8/2016 Update or Other Action Letter sent on this day outlining the site history and existing data gaps. Joshua Barsis
1/23/2019 Report or Workplan Review - Other Reviewed the report: Groundwater Monitoring, dated December 7, 2018. The report describes the groundwater monitoring activities completed in October of 2018. Only 3 of the 13 monitoring wells planned for sampling were located (MW7, MW22, and MW39); however, an additional 3 wells (MW4, MW11, and MW18) were also located. All other wells are presumed destroyed. Samples were collected from all 6 wells and were submitted for laboratory analysis of DRO, RRO, VOCs, and PAHs. Sample results from Wells MW18 and MW22 exceeded the Table C groundwater cleanup levels for several petroleum related constituents, including DRO, benzene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, naphthalene, and various others. Joshua Barsis

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