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Site Report: ADOT&PF Cold Bay Airport Drums

Site Name: ADOT&PF Cold Bay Airport Drums
Address: Cold Bay Airport, Multiple Southern Sites, Cold Bay, AK 99571
File Number: 2538.38.018
Hazard ID: 4584
Status: Active
Staff: Erin Gleason, 9072697556
Latitude: 55.200239
Longitude: -162.716735
Horizontal Datum:NAD83

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.


Soil and groundwater contamination identified at various sites in and around the Cold Bay Airport. Eleven potential source areas were identified in and around the airport property. The main area investigated was the south ramp of the Cold Bay Airport. The Jet-A fuel distribution line is located beneath the south ramp. The fuel line delivers fuel from the Frosty Fuel Company ASTs to 4 refueling pits on the ramp. The pits are used to fuel airplanes and fuel delivery trucks. There is also contamination concerns throughout the area due to historical use by the military during WWII. ADOT contacted DOWL Engineers who did some soil sampling in an excavation near the airstrip and say that the contamination is very local and not much of it. They will send report to ADEC.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
12/15/1998 Update or Other Action Memo sent to ADOT informing them of numerous drums of unknown substances located in (and adjacent to) a road R.O.W. in the vicinity of the Cold Bay Dock road. The drums appear to be older and are suspected of leaking based on the amount of soil staining in the area. DOT was requested to collect the drums and store them in a manner that they do not pose a threat to the environment. The status of the stained soil will also have to be addressed but the containment of the drums to prevent further release is requested at this time. Jim Frechione
12/18/1998 Update or Other Action Update from DOT. Drums were tested about 10 years ago. The testing showed they were used oil, but has no record of the testing results in the files. DOT has a used oil burner and requested being allowed to burn the drum contents in their used oil burner. No resources (i.e. money) is available for re-testing the drums. Jim Frechione
8/20/1999 Preliminary Assessment Approved Approved for Shannon and Wilson to perform Preliminary Assessment of the 62 drums and take samples of the contents of the drums. Dennis Harwood
11/4/1999 Update or Other Action Sent Memorandum to ADOT&PF Cold Bay, attention Gerry Dias for an approval to burn the contents of the drums that are determined to be on-specification used oil in an approved used oil burner at the Cold Bay facility. Also approved to burn the 2 drums of off-specification used oil at the Cold Bay Facility after contacting EPA in the Anchorage office to coordinate, and if approval is not obtained, the drums must be stored in a secure area until they can be transported to an approved facility. Jim Frechione
1/29/2008 GIS Position Updated Performed a GIS Position update using Google Maps. Alyce Hughey
1/29/2008 Update or Other Action Issues file number 2538.38.021 and entered it into the Fileroom DB and CS DB. Alyce Hughey
1/29/2008 Site Added to Database Site added to the database. Alyce Hughey
1/30/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Alyce Hughey
2/8/2008 Update or Other Action After reviewing the file & updating the database, an email was sent to ADOT for verification that the used oil in the drums was burned and the drums properly dispoed of. Secondly, information was requested on any subsequent soil cleanup in the vicinity of the drums. Donald Seagren
6/10/2008 Update or Other Action Site transferred from Don Seagren to Linda Nuechterlein per Linda Nuechterlein. Alyce Hughey
9/24/2010 Update or Other Action Jennifer Hillman, DOT, will be in Cold Bay the first week of October and has offered to verify status of drums approved in 1999 for burning. Pam Clemens
5/4/2011 Update or Other Action No photos were taken in 2010. Jennifer Hillman, ADOT M&O, will be going out next week and will hopefully have time to get photos of current conditions on site. Pam Clemens
2/16/2012 Update or Other Action Staff changed from Pam Clemens to Linda Nuechterlein. Kristin Thompson
2/26/2014 Update or Other Action CSP spoke with DOT to discuss current site status. Dot indicated that the drums have been removed from ROW. Some of the drums were placed in individual over-packs and placed in the old SREB building with unknown contents; they are still there. DOT will get testing done on the drums during summer of 2014 and will dispose of the drums if mandated. When the snow melts DOT will take photos of the soil where the drums were in the ROW to determine if there is still staining on the ground. Joshua Barsis
4/16/2015 Update or Other Action All drum disposal receipts received. Joshua Barsis
11/3/2016 Update or Other Action Spoke with ADOT. No funding at present for continued site work. Erin Gleason

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