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Site Report: Arctic Village School Standby Gen.

Site Name: Arctic Village School Standby Gen.
Address: NE Section of Town, ~300' South of River Bank, Arctic Village, AK 99722
File Number: 700.38.003, 700.57.001
Hazard ID: 4021
Status: Active
Staff: Janice Wiegers, 9074512127
Latitude: 68.128621
Longitude: -145.534552
Horizontal Datum:WGS84

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On March 28, 2003 the standby generator facility for the Arctic Village School complex was destroyed in a fire. During the course of the investigation contaminated soil was discovered at the site. East Fork Chandalar River.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
8/12/2003 Site Added to Database DRO contamination. Deborah Williams
8/12/2003 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Preliminary ranking. Deborah Williams
11/17/2003 Update or Other Action ADEC received a site assessment report for the Arctic Village generator site for work that was conducted in the summer of 2003. Contaminant levels at 3 to 5' bgs ranged from 4,050 ppm DRO to 53,100 ppm DRO and 209 ppm GRO to 3,960 ppm GRO. Soil samples also indicated total xylenes up to 558 mg/kg in the soil No cleanup was conducted at the time of the sampling due to lack of equipment and the logistical and jurisdictional problems required to set up a contaminated soil storage site. Since the site is located adjacent to the school, the consultants covered the exposed ground surface around the building footprint with an impermeable liner to prevent children from coming into contact with the contaminated soil. The Yukon Flats School District has requested funds for cleanup and remediation work at the site in conjunction with the plans to build a new school in Arctic Village. Deborah Williams
3/2/2004 Update or Other Action Work at this site by ADEC stopped due to withdrawal of funding by Alaska Energy Authority last season. Working with YKSD to potentially use Education CIP funds to remediate site during new school construction in field season 2005. Mike Jaynes
6/5/2006 Site Characterization Report Approved DEC's Contaminated Sites Program office in Fairbanks received a copy of the Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) for the Arctic Village School on this date. The date of the report is May 2005. Field activities for this project were done in conjunction with work by NORTECH Environmental, which was performing a predemolition building survey and site inspection for hazardous materials. Areas considered for investigation were based on information provided in the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government's proposal for the TBA and a work plan developed by the Yukon Flats School District through NORTECH. Results of subsurface soil sampling indicated widespread DRO and GRO contamination, with the highest concentrations located between the elementary school and preschool (3,240 mg/kg to 22,200 mg/kg), the area surrounding the former generator building (613 mg/kg to 29,500 mg/kg), and around the active tank farm (480 mg/kg to 17,400 mg/kg). Lead contamination in soil was also noted, and was attributed to lead-based paint flaking off the elementary school building and the propane storage building. Sonja Benson
4/24/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Grant Lidren
7/31/2009 Site Visit DEC staff visited site during cleanup activities. School district, contractor and consultant were present during visit. A meeting was held at the Council office to update council members on the cleanup status. Alternatives on how to deal with the additional contamination are being evaluated. Tamara Cardona-Marek
12/29/2010 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 74995 Fire Contaminated Soil . Tamara Cardona-Marek
9/24/2013 Update or Other Action Changed staff assigned name from Janice Wiegers to Michelle Barnes temporarily in order to make site location updates. Evonne Reese
9/24/2013 Update or Other Action Site symbol visually adjusted using ArcGIS and documents from the file. 68.128621, -145.534552. 9/24/13; MLB Michelle Barnes
6/30/2016 Update or Other Action This site is being addressed through the Arctic Village School cleanup project funded by the Yukon Koyukuk School District through funding from the Department of Education and Early Development. Progress is currently being tracked on the database through that site: Arctiv Village School, Hazard ID , File Number 700.38.001. Janice Wiegers

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