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Site Report: Anaktuvuk Pass NALEMP Chandler Lakes Research Camp

Site Name: Anaktuvuk Pass NALEMP Chandler Lakes Research Camp
Address: Chandler Lakes; ~25 Miles NW of Anaktuvuk Pass, Anaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721
File Number: 365.38.004
Hazard ID: 25980
Status: Active
Staff: Gretchen Caudill,
Latitude: 68.197925
Longitude: -152.764258
Horizontal Datum:WGS84

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The Anaktuvuk Pass Research Camp at Chandler Lakes was located 25 miles northwest of Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, and 600 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Beginning in 1944 and continuing for 10 years, the U.S. Navy conducted oil exploration expeditions and stored supplies of gasoline at the site. Scattered drums, fuel cans, and debris were encountered during site investigations conducted in 2001. The National Park Service inventoried the site in 2006, and documented that 130 drums, over 700 fuel cans, and extensive debris were observed at the site. The 2006 inventory also consisted of 700 pounds of hazardous material, including 10 propane cylinders and 45 to 50 gallons of fuel/oil/water mixtures remaining in containers. A Step II Site Assessment Report was prepared for the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP) in November 2008. Seven Impact Sites were investiagated, which were eligible for cleanup through NALEMP. Thirteen soil samples were collected during this site assessment, and analyzed foro Diesel Range Organics (DRO); Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes (BTEX); RRO; Gasoline Range Organics (GRO); Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); Semi-volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs); Pesticides/Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs); and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) metals. One soil sample collected at Impact Site 7 contained concentrations of RRO at 17,200 mg/kg, which exceeded the ADEC limit. One soil sample collected at Impact Site 2 contained an aresenic concentration of 9.49 mg/kg, which exceeded the ADEC limit. There are an additional 23 sites associated with this facility with drums, fuel cans, or other containers/debris on land owned by the National Park Service (NPS) that are being tracked under Hazard ID 26265/File Number 365.38.005.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
1/11/2013 Site Added to Database A new site has been added to the database Mitzi Read
1/14/2013 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 79387 name: Anaktuvuk Pass NALEMP Chandler Lakes Research Camp Jessica Morris
4/23/2013 Report or Workplan Review - Other The ADEC Contaminated Site Program reviewed the NALEMP Chandler Lakes Research Camp Debris Cleanup Work Plan. ADEC approval for the work plan was technically not needed, as it was strictly a debris removal project. The work plan indicated that when a contaminant source or a petroleum or hazardous substance was identified during the debris removal, work in this area will need to be stopped and the area left undisturbed. The ADEC sent a letter indicating that a separate a site characterization work plan will be required for the Chandler Lakes site, per 18 AAC 75.335. Jessica Morris
8/11/2015 Site Characterization Workplan Approved The ADEC Contaminated Site Program approved the Final Sampling and Analysis Plan, Chandler Lakes NALEMP CA 12-07 Site Investigation, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. Jessica Morris
9/7/2017 Update or Other Action Soil Sampling Report received from investigation conducted in 2015, however no funds are available for review. Report documents DRO, RRO, and benzene contamination on site, however biogenic interference may be occurring as documented by NPS investigation at the same site. Data gaps exist. Gretchen Caudill

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