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Site Report: 229 3rd Street

Site Name: 229 3rd Street
Address: 229 3rd Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701
File Number: 102.38.130
Hazard ID: 4134
Status: Active
Staff: Jim Fish, 9074512117
Latitude: 64.847389
Longitude: -147.703110
Horizontal Datum:WGS84

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Tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination (1.7 parts per million (ppm)) was discovered at the location of a former laundry/dry cleaner when a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment in preparation for a road widening project. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) acquired the property via eminent domain. Additionally, between April and June 2015 during environmental site assessment activities for building demolition, petroleum and solvent contamination was confirmed and recorded under spill no. 15309915602. Two underground storage tanks (USTs) and the building foundation and footer were removed. The following contaminants were confirmed in soil above DEC cleanup levels: South excavation (3,000-Gallon UST removal) diesel range organics (DRO) and PCE; North excavation (9,000-Gallon UST removal) diesel range organics (DRO) and PCE; Building foundation and footer excavation PCE and trichloroethene (TCE). Cross-reference Hazard ID 26359, File no. 102.38.186 ADOT&PF 3rd Street Improvement Project.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
3/17/2005 Site Added to Database Kim DeRuyter
3/17/2005 GIS Position Updated TopoZone Pro, and Arc GIS, high degree of certainty. Kim DeRuyter
3/18/2005 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Preliminary ranking Kim DeRuyter
3/31/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Met with Linda K. Heck with ADOT Environmental to discuss potential impacts and possible solutions concerning PCE contamination. Douglas Bauer
5/9/2005 Update or Other Action Draft letter requesting additional investigation by property owner sent to Larry Johnson for review. Douglas Bauer
5/10/2005 Update or Other Action Requested LC number from Lori Barnett. Douglas Bauer
5/10/2005 Update or Other Action Letter for notification of pollution incident and request for additional investigation sent to property owner by certified mail return receipt requested. Douglas Bauer
5/11/2005 Update or Other Action Updated ledger code number. Douglas Bauer
6/8/2005 Update or Other Action Meeting with Linda Heck with ADOT&PF. Received updated Phase II Environmental Assessment report. Douglas Bauer
6/17/2005 Update or Other Action Site name changed from former BusyBee Laundry to 229 3rd Street at the request of the current property owner. Douglas Bauer
6/17/2005 Update or Other Action Received response letter from Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting who represent MV Investments LLC, the current property owner. Current owner is attempting to former owner for as built drawings and information concerning operation of dry cleaner. ADEC letter sent requesting an status update and submittal of ADEC questionnaire. Douglas Bauer
7/25/2005 GIS Position Updated Jason Weigle
7/26/2005 Update or Other Action Received status report letter from Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting. A meeting is being arranged with Mr. Bob Masson the former owner of the building. A drawing of the old former dry cleaner operation was attached to the letter. Douglas Bauer
9/1/2005 Update or Other Action Meeting at site tentatively scheduled for today was cancelled by Travis Peterson. Meeting re-scheduled for September 8, 2005 at the site with current and former landowners. Rich Sundet invited to meeting. Douglas Bauer
9/8/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held On site meeting with Larry Peterson and Dave Miller of Travis Peterson Consulting, Mr. Mike Vivlamore, current landowner, and Mr. Bob Masson, former landowner. Douglas Bauer
9/13/2005 Update or Other Action Telephone conversation with Larry Peterson with respect to passive soil gas sampling as first phase of investigation. Douglas Bauer
11/23/2005 Update or Other Action Received Travis Peterson Consulting letter report titled "Gore-Sober Results for 229 3rd Street PCE plume" dated November 23, 2005. Douglas Bauer
1/17/2006 Update or Other Action Cost recovery referral memo sent to Kay Rawlings at DOL. Douglas Bauer
11/15/2006 Meeting or Teleconference Held Telephone call with Mr. Jeffery Raun with USKH in Anchorage. Updated Jeff on soil gas results and sent him a copy of the Contaminanted Sites Program utility policy. Douglas Bauer
3/28/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Tamara Cardona-Marek
11/26/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed for source area id: 75106 name: former dry cleaners Tamara Cardona-Marek
9/22/2009 Update or Other Action ADEC project management transferred to Ann Farris. Janice Wiegers
6/29/2015 Update or Other Action Get site update from NORTEC following excavation of UST, AQR Coloertec results (for solvents), and deployment of liner over excavation site. Jim Fish
7/2/2015 Update or Other Action Cross-reference with site 102.38.186 ADOT&PF 3rd Street Improvement Project, Haz ID 26359 Jim Fish
1/7/2016 Spill Transferred from Prevention Preparedness and Response Program Spill transferred by PPR staff Patrik Sartz. Spill no. 15309915602; spill date = 6/19/15; substance = diesel and solvents; PPR file no. 102.02.001; description: contamination was confirmed between April and June 2015 during environmental site assessment activities for building demolition for the 3rd Street widening project. Mitzi Read
9/12/2016 Update or Other Action Received work plan from project consultant for delineation (proposed soil borings and temporary well points, with eventual permanent monitoring well installations) of solvent and petroleum contamination within the current project footprint, including assessment of the former dry cleaner located at 229 Third Street. Jim Fish
9/20/2016 Report or Workplan Review - Other Received revised work plan from consultant for site assessment activities planned for Third Street and surrounding area. Questions/comments sent to consultant. Jim Fish
10/5/2016 Site Characterization Workplan Approved Final work plan received and approved for site characterization of petroleum and solvent contamination on properties related to the Third Street expansion project, including the solvent plume associated with the former Busy Bee Dry Cleaner.New soil/groundwater cleanup levels (anticipated for late 2016) will be utilized. Jim Fish
2/13/2017 Meeting or Teleconference Held Staff met with consultant to review preliminary site assessment data. Jim Fish
11/16/2017 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with ADOT PMs for road reconstruction project and NORTECH concerning Phase II results. Results indicated PCE source area identified at former dry cleaner property (now owned by SOA). Discussed plans for Vapor intrusion evaluation in nearby buildings, additional soil and groundwater characterization, and soil removal/disposal plans once road construction begins Jim Fish
12/12/2017 Report or Workplan Review - Other Vapor Intrusion and private well sampling work plan approved today (under file 102.38.186 ADOT&PF 3rd Street Improvement). Jim Fish
8/28/2018 Update or Other Action Project update from consultant (NORTECH): Drilled soil borings 14, 15, and 20 August. Sampled temporary well points 21 and 23 August. Received first soil results: PCE detections are consistent with 2016 results. Monitoring well installation and data logger deployment scheduled for end of August. Jim Fish

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