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Site Report: Atqasuk Research Camp Area 1 NALEMP

Site Name: Atqasuk Research Camp Area 1 NALEMP
Address: 2.3 Acres ~2 Miles NE of Atqasuk, Atqasuk, AK 99791
File Number: 390.38.004
Hazard ID: 26082
Status: Cleanup Complete
Staff: ,
Latitude: 70.493011
Longitude: -157.342328
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.


Based on information in the March 2011 Draft Step III Site Assessment Report: Atqasuk Research Camp was used by the US Navy from 1944 until 1954 for purposes of oil exploration, and by the US Air Force from 1954 util 1971 to support construction of Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line Radar stations in the area. The research camp has two distinct areas. Area 1 (tracked under Hazard ID 26082) consists of 2.3 acres, approximately 2 miles northeast of Atqasuk, and contains a metal relay station building (with potential lead-based paint and asbestos-containing materials), two 55-gallon drums, eight 12-volt lead acid batteries, a 40-foot antennae tower, and various other debris. A previous soil sample identified the presence of diesel range organics and residual range organics, and arsenic above DEC cleanup levels. Area 2 (tracked under Hazard ID 26083) consists of 31.5 acres, approximately 3.5 miles southwest of Atqasuk, and contains 121 55-gallon drums, a steel tank, 6 mud containers and associated mud piles, and various other debris. Previous soil samples detected diesel range organics and residual range organics above DEC cleanup levels.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
7/9/2013 Site Added to Database A new site has been added to the database Mitzi Read
7/9/2013 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 79483 name: Atqasuk Research Camp Area 1 Mitzi Read
10/16/2013 Potentially Responsible Party/State Interest Letter Dennis Shepard sent this date. Bill Janes
10/3/2014 Update or Other Action Project oversight changed from Shephard to Carnahan. John Carnahan
8/26/2015 Update or Other Action Contacted PM for Atqasuk project and requested update. Copied the NALEMP COE manager to inform them that we have not received any documentation of activities to date. John Carnahan
9/24/2015 Update or Other Action Received photos and update from USCOE regarding status. No environmental sampling was conducted this season, although excavation was completed. John Carnahan
12/22/2015 Report or Workplan Review - Other Provided comments on debris removal workplan for Area 1. John Carnahan
3/23/2016 Report or Workplan Review - Other Approved final revisions to the Draft WP. Requested update and final reporting upon completion. John Carnahan
11/29/2016 Update or Other Action Receive summary report for sampling and cleanup at Areas 1 and 2. John Carnahan
1/4/2017 Report or Workplan Review - Other Provide comments to draft report documenting field activities associated with cleanup and sampling at two areas. John Carnahan
3/28/2017 Report or Workplan Review - Other Final Reporting approved with no comments. John Carnahan
6/15/2017 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 79483 Atqasuk Research Camp Area 1. Gretchen Caudill
7/17/2017 Cleanup Complete Determination Issued Letter mailed to Native Village of Atqasuk to complete NALEMP project. John Carnahan

Contaminant Information

Name Level Description Media Comments
Arsenic - Total Other Soil Levels identified were determined to be naturally occurring.

Control Type

Type Details
No ICs Required


Description Details
Advance approval required to transport soil or groundwater off-site.
Movement or use of contaminated material (including on site) in a manner that results in a violation of the water quality standards is prohibited (18 AAC 70)

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