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Site Report: ADNR Arctic Wilderness Lodge

Site Name: ADNR Arctic Wilderness Lodge
Address: Mile 335 Dalton Highway, Happy Valley Camp East, Deadhorse, AK 99734
File Number: 330.38.105
Hazard ID: 2674
Status: Cleanup Complete - Institutional Controls
Staff: IC Unit, 9074655229
Latitude: 69.154182
Longitude: -148.819722
Horizontal Datum:

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 former Arctic Wilderness Lodge was a former lease from ADNR. The leasee ran a hunting camp on the Happy Valley East pad and there is contamination in the pad associated with the fuel storage area from the hunting camp. The permittee died in a plane crash and the site is now considered a "state lead" site. Efforts are being taken by the state to remove the tanks and investigate the soil. The current operator as of August 2006 is Walt Audi.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
1/7/2004 Site Added to Database DRO, GRO and benzene contamination in the suprapermafrost groundwater in the Happy Valley East pad downgradient of the Arctic Wilderness Lodge fuel tanks. Deborah Williams
1/7/2004 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Preliminary ranking. Deborah Williams
9/1/2006 Update or Other Action Tanks removed as of September 2006 Bill O'Connell
3/25/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Bill O'Connell
5/5/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed. Bill O'Connell
5/19/2008 Conditional Closure Approved The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Contaminated Sites Program (ADEC) reviewed the environmental records associated with the Arctic Wilderness Lodge in Happy Valley, Alaska. This site had been contaminated by the release of a hazardous substance; however, based on the information provided to date, ADEC has determined that no further remedial action is required, and that the Arctic Wilderness Lodge site can be closed subject to the conditions outlined in the Record of Decision. The hazardous substance contamination has been adequately addressed and does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. Bill O'Connell
5/19/2008 Institutional Control Record Established There is contamination remaining above established cleanup levels at Arctic Wilderness Lodge but ADEC has determined there is no unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, and this site will be conditionally closed. This decision is subject to the following conditions: 1. A Notice of Environmental Contamination will be recorded on the ADEC database to document that there is residual contamination remaining on site above the most stringent ADEC cleanup levels; 2. Any proposal to transport soil off site requires ADEC approval in accordance with 18 AAC 78.274(b) Bill O'Connell
7/28/2008 Update or Other Action Sampling report recieved from Walt Audi for Happy Valley Airstrip. Mr. Audi cleaned up a small fuel spill at the airstrip and confirmation samp[es did not find actionable concentrations of contaminants and no further action is required. Bill O'Connell
6/12/2012 Institutional Control Compliance Review An IC review was conducted on this site and the staff assigned was changed from Bill O'Connell to IC Unit. Evonne Reese
3/2/2016 Institutional Control Compliance Review IC compliance review conducted. Scheduled to send an IC reminder letter in the near future. Nathan Maxwell
3/21/2017 Institutional Control Compliance Review Follow-up IC compliance review conducted. Contacted ADNR to verify the current lessee of this property. Will issue a reminder letter once the lessee is confirmed. Reminder system set to check back in two months. Kristin Thompson

Contaminant Information

Name Level Description Media Comments
DRO Between Method 2 Migration to Groundwater and Human Health/Ingestion/Inhalation Soil
Benzene Between Method 2 Migration to Groundwater and Human Health/Ingestion/Inhalation Soil

Control Type

Type Details
CS Database Notation And Letter To Landowner/RP


Description Details
Advance approval required to transport soil or groundwater off-site. Standard condition.
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) Standard condition.

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