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Site Report: Alitak Cannery


Site Name: Alitak Cannery
Address: Lazy Bay; ~4 Miles SW of Akhiok; Kodiak Island NWR, Akhiok, AK 99615
File Number: 2504.38.003
Hazard ID: 26374
Status: Active
Staff: Erin Gleason, 9072697556 erin.gleason@alaska.gov
Latitude: 56.900672
Longitude: -154.251228
Horizontal Datum:WGS84

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Problems/Comments

Adjacent to a closed Class III Landfill near the Alitak Cannery, is a former facility incinerator area. It appears that historical dumping ash and scrap metal debris on intertidal lands may have been common practice before the facility was acquired by a new owner in 2009. Pollution was first observed by the new owner in May 2014. Subsequent initial assessment sampling, analyzed by a method-approved laboratory, documented elevated concentrations of metals in sediment and surface water.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
4/7/2015 Site Added to Database A new site has been added to the database Mitzi Read
4/8/2015 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 79757 name: Dump Mitzi Read
4/10/2015 Potentially Responsible Party/State Interest Letter DEC letter was sent certified by regular mail to the owner/operator of the Alitak Cannery in Lazy Bay on Kodiak Island. The objective of the letter is to inform Ocean Beauty Seafoods of the Alaska statutes and regulations that outline the responsibilities they have as landowner and/or operator to pursue the investigation and monitoring of contaminated environmental media (soil, groundwater, sediment, interstitial and surface water) on property(s) on which the facility resides and any adjacent property affected by facility operations. The purpose of these site activities is to ensure that the pollution is contained and that the migration of contamination is not presenting a risk of exposure that could affect human health and safety or the environment. Bruce Wanstall
4/10/2015 Report or Workplan Review - Other DEC provided approval and comment for Site Characterization Work Plan Alitak Cannery Lazy Bay Kodiak Island, Alaska (Plan), dated January 28, 2015. Environmental Partners Inc. (EPI) completed the Plan to further investigate preliminary evidence of contamination of intertidal lands in Lazy Bay at the Alitak Cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska (Site). The peninsula on which the closed Class III Landfill (Solid Waste Permit Authorization Number 8921-BA008) is located and, where the burial of waste materials occurred, lies within the parcel designated USS No. 2536. The perimeter of the peninsula is surrounded by parcel ATS No. 140. These properties, and USS 1256 on which the cannery structures are located, are surrounded by Lazy Bay, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, to the north, south, and west. The facility and Site are located in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The Plan states that after closure of the Class III Landfill, waste materials were burned at the Facility incinerators located on the northeastern portion of the spit. It appears that incinerator ash and non-combustible materials removed from the incinerators were buried between the low and high tide water elevations (intertidal zone) of the beach located north and east of the closed Class III Landfill. This practice reportedly no longer occurs since materials removed from the incinerators are now placed in bins and transported via boat for disposal at licensed Subtitle-D landfills in Washington State. Bruce Wanstall
10/7/2015 Update or Other Action DEC received by regular mail Site Characterization Report Alitak Lazy Bay Kodiak Island, Alaska prepared for Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC and dated September 18, 2015 by Environmental Partners Inc. Based on available data, EPI concludes additional action does appear necessary as buried materials do not appear to be having an adverse impact on human health, or the environment at the Site. Inorganic and organic compound concentrations detected in sediment and pore water occurring at the interface with tidal waters are either naturally occurring, less than a cleanup level, and/or they are not bioavailable to benthic organisms and have not affected the environment or human health in an adverse manner. DEC will review the Report for departmental acceptance criteria. Bruce Wanstall
7/22/2016 Report or Workplan Review - Other DEC reviewed and approved Site Characterization Report Alitak Lazy Bay Kodiak Island Alaska by Environmental Partners documenting conditions at the Site resulting from historical burial of discarded materials within the operational facility of Ocean Beauty's Alitak Cannery. The Report concluded that inorganic and organic compound concentrations detected in sediment and pore water occurring at the interface with tidal waters are either naturally occurring, less than a cleanup level, and/or they are not bioavailable to benthic organisms and have not affected the environment or human health in an adverse manner. Bruce Wanstall
7/22/2016 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 79757 Dump. Bruce Wanstall
11/29/2016 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 79757 Dump. Bruce Wanstall

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