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Site Report: Barter Island - Staging Area

Site Name: Barter Island - Staging Area
Address: 1.5 Miles S. of Kaktovik, near Kaktovik Lagoon, Kaktovik, AK 99747
File Number: 350.38.003
Hazard ID: 3085
Status: Cleanup Complete
Staff: ,
Latitude: 70.121721
Longitude: -143.528493
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.


Approximately 8500 drums were abandoned here along with miscellaneous scrap steel, household trash and one lead acid battery. Removal action occured in 1998. Also known as Barter Island Drum Site.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
6/18/2003 Site Added to Database Site added based on information in a remedial action report dated April 1999. Debra Caillouet
6/18/2003 Update or Other Action Comments prepared for a draft closure report. Debra Caillouet
11/6/2003 Update or Other Action DEC signed a NFRAP for the con/htrw. Note this is tracked by the USACE as Manning Point. Additional sampling to fill data gaps should occur next summer Debra Caillouet
4/30/2004 Site Characterization Workplan Approved Sampling and Analysis Plan for Barter Island and Manning Point was reviewed. Debra Caillouet
10/14/2004 Meeting or Teleconference Held Staff attended RAB meeting in Kaktovik Debra Caillouet
1/25/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Staff attended RAB meeting in Kaktovik Debra Caillouet
5/3/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Staff attended RAB meeting in Kaktovik Debra Caillouet
8/2/2005 Site Characterization Report Approved Soil, surface water, and sediment samples were collected at the Manning Point and Barter Island Drum Staging Areas in late July/early August 2004. Samples were collected from specific areas determined by the Alaska District and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require further characterization, and were analyzed to aid in the determination of the amount and potential extent of fuel, and heavy metal contamination remaining at these sites. The analytical results from this sampling event show little to no residual contamination remains at the former Manning Point Drum Staging Area, and only low-level POL contamination was found at the former Barter Island Drum Staging Area. No contaminants of concern were reported above State cleanup levels, Alaska Water Quality Standards, or NOAA sediment quality criteria in any of the environmental samples collected during this sampling event. All contaminants at Manning Point that were a concern prior to this investigation have been demonstrated to be below State cleanup levels. Debra Caillouet
8/2/2005 Update or Other Action Staff reviewed and sent draft approval letter to supervisor on the Chemical Data Report for Barter Island Drum Storage and Manning Point Debra Caillouet
9/14/2007 Update or Other Action Staff approved the NDAI Report Barter Island Drum Site A removal action in 1998 over an area about 130' by 750' disposed of 8512 drums, ten drums off-spec used oil, five drums of leaded gas plus water, one drum of glycol and one drum bottom sludges. 5.5 cubic yards of diesel-impacted rust/scale were also removed from the drum site. A limited sampling event in 2003 found one hot spot of 47000 mg/kg diesel range organics (DRO) and 158000 mg/kg residual range organics (RRO). Additional sampling in 2004 around this area found a maximum of DRO at 800mg/kg and a maximum of RRO at 2960 mg/kg, demonstrating the area of contamination was limited in areal extent. This contamination is located in a marshy area at the west end of the drum storage area. In 2004, four surface water samples were analyzed from the ponded areas where the drums had been stored. The maximum Total Aromatic Hydrocarbon (TAH) found was 3 ìg/l, and the Total Aqueous Hydrocarbon (TAqH) concentration was 3.6 ìg/l. The cleanup levels applicable to the site are 12,500 mg/kg for DRO and 13,700 mg/kg for RRO (18 AAC 75.341). The surface water standards are 10 ìg/l TAH and 15 ìg/l TAqH (18 AAC 70.020). DEC agrees No Further DOD Action is indicated and supports a Conditional Closure for this site. There is a limited area with exceedances and the damage to tundra caused by a soil/sediment removal, would create a worse condition than leaving the contamination in place. Conditional closure will require a notation in the Contaminated Sites database of the need to acquire DEC approval of soil transport and disposal under 18 AAC 75.325(i). The decision document should say that full site closure and termination of informational notations in the database may be approved when the USACE demonstrates that contaminant concentrations meet the criteria for full site closure. The criteria for full closure would be to meet the most stringent cleanup levels applicable to the site. Debra Caillouet
3/25/2008 Update or Other Action Staff sent minor comment to the Corps on the Draft Declaration of Decision-NDAI Debra Caillouet
4/9/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Debra Caillouet
4/24/2008 Record of Decision Declaration of Site Closure Decision and No Further Action/No Department of Defense Action Indicated signed by DEC and USACE. Debra Caillouet
4/24/2008 Site Closure Approved Declaration of Site Closure Decision and No Further Action/No Department of Defense Action Indicated signed by DEC and USACE. Debra Caillouet

Contaminant Information

Name Level Description Media Comments
For more information about this site, contact DEC at (907) 465-5390.

Control Type

Type Details
No ICs Required


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

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