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Site Report: Andrew K. Demoski School - Nulato

Site Name: Andrew K. Demoski School - Nulato
Address: NW Bank of Yukon River, Nulato , 35 Miles West of Galena, Nulato, AK 99765
File Number: 840.38.003
Hazard ID: 3948
Status: Active
Staff: Erin Gleason, 9072697556
Latitude: 64.718363
Longitude: -158.108952
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.


On May, 12, 2002 it was estimated that 500 to 1,000 gallons of number 1 arctic grade heating oil spilled from a 25,000 gallon tank leaking pipe fitting. This is a crude estimate due to lack of a fuel usage accounting. PERP response, on May 14, 2002, recovered 30 - 50 gallons of free product. It was understood that AVEC was planning on replacing and upgrading the tank farm. As part of the renovation, the contaminated soils would be removed and remediated. With this in mind, PERP did not pursue an exhaustive cleanup effort. A recent communication to AVEC on 3/11/09 indicates the proposed tank farm upgrade did not occur due to lack of funding. The fuel migrated approximately 100 yards along a slough into the woods. There were impacts to vegetation along the banks of the slough, but contamination is not expected to have penetrated more than a few inches into the ground because of the water level. Near the point of the release, the gravel pad showed evidence of surface staining, perhaps from historical spills and leaks. It is assumed that a great deal of contaminated soil remains on site. It is reported that the town's drinking water well is located about two miles from the spill.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
1/15/2003 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Preliminary ranking. Deborah Williams
1/15/2003 Site Added to Database DRO contamination. Site transferred from PERP. Deborah Williams
2/2/2007 Meeting or Teleconference Held 2/2/07 ADEC staff (Kim DeRyter) met with the YKSD Superintendent Christopher Simon and Director of Facilities John Christian to discuss contaminant issues at the YKSD schools. [*NOTE: John Christian was working with the Yukon Flats School District as Facillities Manager (12/08).] Pam Clemens
3/31/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Bill O'Connell
3/11/2009 Update or Other Action An ADEC communication with AVEC on this date verifies that the tank farm was not upgraded due to lack of funding. It is assumed petroleum impacted soil remains on site. Extent and impact remains unknown. Grant Lidren
12/3/2009 Update or Other Action Sent email message to, and left a voice message for David Pratt with the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, requesting information on plans to address this site. Pam Clemens
5/28/2010 Update or Other Action Drating a letter to Yukon-Koyokuk School District Superintendent requesting information on plans to address the contamination. Pam Clemens
7/2/2010 Update or Other Action Spoke with David Pratt, Yukon Koyukuk School District. He is going to Nulato on July 20, 2010 and will take pictures of the site, get a GPS location of the school and slough were the fuel was reported to have pooled, and send drawings of the old and new YKSD tank farm. Pam Clemens
7/8/2010 Update or Other Action Spoke with Yukon Koyukuk School District Superintendent, Kerry Boyd, to discuss the site and possible ADEED monies to remediate the site. Pam Clemens
4/4/2011 Update or Other Action David Pratt will be sedning in the GPS coordinates and pictures from last fall showing that there is no distressed vegetation near the slough, the basket ball court or the baseball field. Pam Clemens
2/16/2012 Update or Other Action Staff changed from Pam Clemens to Linda Nuechterlein. Kristin Thompson
2/14/2014 Potentially Responsible Party/State Interest Letter Sent PRP letter on this day. Attempted to contact RP and let them know. Joshua Barsis
11/24/2015 Update or Other Action No new information. Joshua Barsis
3/22/2016 Update or Other Action Letter sent on this day with site history and request for contact by May 1, 2016. SITE HISTORY: On May, 12, 2002 it was estimated that 500 to 1,000 gallons of heating oil released from a 25,000 gallon above ground storage tank (AST) leaking pipe fitting. The fuel migrated approximately 100 yards along a slough into the woods. Impacts to vegetation were noted along the banks of the slough and the gravel pad near the point of the release showed evidence of surface staining. Joshua Barsis
8/23/2016 Update or Other Action Spoke with YKSD (Gale Bourne) on phone today. Currently, YKSD does not have any funding for characterization or cleanup. ADEC will check back in one year to see status of funding. Erin Gleason
8/25/2016 Potentially Responsible Party/State Interest Letter PRP letter sent to Department of Education and Early Development and City of Nulato. Erin Gleason
9/13/2016 Update or Other Action Letter sent to City of Nulato requesting a work plan and recommending that this site be simulatenously addressed with their other active contaminated site, City of Nulato. Erin Gleason
4/3/2017 Update or Other Action Update from YKSD: The 40,000 gallon AST is being cut up and shipped back to Fairbanks in the spring. The 24,000 gallon tank remains. The school is currently under renovation, with a completion date of August 2017. Erin Gleason
5/12/2017 Update or Other Action Sent overdue work plan letter to City of Nulato. They must contact ADEC July 1st, 2017. Failure to do so will result in a NEC on their property. Erin Gleason
5/26/2017 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 74923 Leak from AST. Erin Gleason
12/15/2017 Update or Other Action ADEC sent overdue work plan letter to City. The City is the responsible party for three contaminated sites in Nulato. ADEC is encouraging the city to think about the overall management of the sites and to come up with a long term plan for addressing all three. Erin Gleason

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