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Site Report: Barrow Elson Former Nike Facility NARL

Site Name: Barrow Elson Former Nike Facility NARL
Address: 5 Miles NE of Barrow, West Shore Elson Lagoon, Barrow, AK 99723
File Number: 310.38.022
Hazard ID: 3238
Status: Active
Staff: John Carnahan, 9074512166
Latitude: 71.343611
Longitude: -156.595000
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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 site is the location of a former Nike Missile Site that hosted more than 70 Cajun Missile launches. An initial EPA START sampling episode was conducted in July 1999 that identified TPH contamination and three transformers at the site. Three transformers were subsequently removed in 2002 by the USACOE and testing indicated petroleum hydrocarbons were present, but at concentrations below Arctic Zone cleanup levels. Since the initial EPA START testing identified only petroleum as a chemical of concern, the site was referred to the State DEC for further oversight and the site was entered into the CS database. The follow-up 2002 testing identified DRO only at concentrations below cleanup levels. The site was eligible for FUDs money, but a report in 2005 stated that there were no FUDs issues or concerns. In 2005 the site was determined FUDs eligible, but there were no current FUDs eligible hazards at the site. EPA ID # AKSFN1002131.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
3/25/1999 Update or Other Action EPA Discovery, CERCLIS ID # AKSFN1002131 Bruce Wanstall
8/6/1999 Preliminary Assessment Approved START Trip Report. Bruce Wanstall
2/9/2001 Site Added to Database PAH and TPH. Snow cover hindered locating further sampling points. Bruce Wanstall
2/9/2001 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Prelimianary ranking. Bruce Wanstall
6/28/2004 Update or Other Action Staff reviewed USACE trip report from 9/02 with sample results indicating DRO 3,690 mg/kg below Method II Arctic level of 12,500 mg/kg. PCB were non-detect. Three empty transformers remain on site. Debra Caillouet
5/27/2005 Update or Other Action ADEC received an updated Inventory Project Report. No FUDS elligible projects are currently at the site. John Halverson
5/14/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Tamar Stephens
10/3/2014 Update or Other Action Project oversight changed from Shephard to Carnahan. John Carnahan
6/25/2015 Update or Other Action Debenham attended Barrow Restoration and Advisory Board Meeting in Barrow. John Carnahan
8/15/2016 Update or Other Action Review site issues and sought input from contractors and Navy as to the status of the site. A review to determine if more work is necessary is underway. John Carnahan
9/29/2016 Meeting or Teleconference Held Barrow RAB Meeting held. Debenham in attendance. John Carnahan

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