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Site Report: Eareckson Air Station FT03

Site Name: Eareckson Air Station FT03
Address: Fire Dept Foam Training, Amchitka, AK 99546
File Number: 2649.38.001, 2649.38.004
Hazard ID: 2844
Status: Active
Staff: Jessica Morris, 9072693077
Latitude: 52.723083
Longitude: 174.088553
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.


Eareckson AS is situated on Shemya Island, approximately 1,500 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska at the westernmost tip of the Aleutian Islands. Shemya Island is part of the Near Islands group of the Aleutian Archipelago. The U.S. Army first developed facilities on Shemya Island in 1943 to support operations against the Japanese occupation forces on the nearby islands of Attu, Agattu, and Kiska. In 1954, the site was deactivated, and was turned over to the Civil Aeronautics Authority in 1955. In 1958, the Air Force returned to Shemya Island to support various Air Force and Army strategic intelligence gathering activities. It has remained active in this capacity to the present. In 1995, the station was downsized and reverted to caretaker status and a private operation and maintenance contractor took control of the facility under contract to the Air Force. Shemya Island is owned by the U.S. Government and is under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. FT003, the Fire Department Foam Training Area is located in the west central area of the island. Materials disposed of include combustibles, JP-4, waste oil, and POLs at site. Fire training discontinued in late 1980s. Surface water drainages are within the site boundary. Groundwater at 40' below ground surface.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
9/1/1984 Preliminary Assessment Approved Installation Restoration Program, Phase I Records Search, 5073rd Air Base Group, Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska (dated September 1984) prepared by JRB Associates No Longer Assigned
12/30/1985 Interim Removal Action Approved (Undated) Alaska Cleanup Effort, Shemya History 1975 - 1985. Internal Report. Prepared by 5099th CEOS. No Longer Assigned
8/10/1990 Update or Other Action Installation Restoration Program, Stage I Final Technical Report for Shemya Air Force Base, prepared by CH2M Hill No Longer Assigned
2/1/1993 Update or Other Action Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska 1992 Installation Restoration Program Field Investigation Report, prepared by CH2M Hill; report finalized in February 1993 Ray Burger
1/15/1996 Site Characterization Report Approved Final Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study Report, Volume III, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska (Formerly Shemya Air Force Base Alaska). Ray Burger
3/15/1996 Update or Other Action Final Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study Report, Volume IV, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska (Formerly Shemya Air Force Base Alaska). Ray Burger
2/5/1999 Update or Other Action Remedial Investigation Basewide Groundwater Monitoring Report, August - September 1998, Basewide Monitoring Activities and Findings (dated January 1999) Gretchen Pikul
7/3/2001 Update or Other Action Technical Memorandum - Risk Assessment Assumptions for Decision Documents (draft final dated January 8, 2001, ADEC comment letter dated March 19, 2001, comment resolution meeting on May 18, 2001, final received June 11, 2001, ADEC e-mail comments after reviewing final document dated July 3, 2001). Gretchen Pikul
12/10/2001 Update or Other Action Decision Document Report Volumes III and IV (draft dated March 1996; draft final dated April 1997 and received May 1997; ADEC comment letter dated October 1, 1997 with extensive comments; related meetings in 1998 on October 30, November 23, November 24, and December 30; related meetings in 1999 on January 20 and 26, February 2 and 25, June 22-25 during site visit, August 24 during FY00 project scoping meeting, and October 1; received Review Draft Decision Documents on November 30, 1999 ADEC comment letters in February 2000; related meetings in 2000 on January 4; related meetings in 2001 on January 4 and 16; ADEC comment letter on Draft Final Technical Memorandum - Risk Assessment Assumptions for Decision Documents (dated March 19) with comment resolution meeting on May 18, final memorandum dated June 2001; draft Proposed Plan for 6 sites received August 24, ADEC comment letter dated September 19, 'response to comments' received December 10, 2001). Gretchen Pikul
8/31/2004 Update or Other Action Proposed Plan for Remedial Action; 1st draft dated July 2003 and received on July 16; received 1st draft of updated risk assessments on July 30; ADEC commented on August 4 and 5; comment resolution meeting August 22 and 27; internal briefing August 26; final Proposed Plan delayed due to funding issues and changes in Air Force guidance and policy; Proposed Plan comment resolution meeting on March 15, 2004; ADEC participated in calls and e-mails with Air Force contractor regarding Proposed Plan status and wording in April and May 2004; 2nd draft Proposed Plan submitted on June 1, 2004 and ADEC sent comments via e-mail on June 3; 2nd draft of updated risk assessments for FT01 and FT03, and FT02 and SS07 received June 7 and 14, respectively; ADEC comments (Lindsay Smith, ADEC Risk Assessor) were sent on July 1; July 22 ADEC call to Air Force on status of Updated Risk Assessments and comment resolution meeting date; Updated Risk Assessments comment resolution teleconference on July 26 – updated and final Air Force Comment Response, cumulative risk calculation spreadsheets, and information on outstanding issues to be submitted by early 1st week of August; ADEC sent e-mails on status of outstanding deliverables on August 6 and 13, e-mails and calls regarding this information occurred in August and information will not be available before September 1 for ADEC Risk Assessor to review (ADEC Risk Assessor to be back in office in October 2004). Gretchen Pikul
11/1/2004 Update or Other Action 2004 Supplemental Field Investigations at Sites LF18, FT01, FT02, and FT03 (sampling to address data gaps prior to ROD for referenced sites); draft report dated October 2004 received November 1, 2004; ADEC issued comment letter dated December 10, 2004; comment resolution meeting held on December 20; based on findings additional groundwater sample collected from MW-01 at Site LF18 for DRO/PAH in January 2005; final report received January 20, 2005; ADEC issued approval letter on January 25, 2005. Jeff Norberg
8/5/2005 Proposed Plan Proposed Plan for Eareckson AS Sites FT01, FT02, FT03, and SS07; revised draft dated February 2005 received on February 11 (see related entry on August 31, 2004); ADEC comment letter issued on March 10, 2005; comment resolution meeting during site visit on March 15, 2005; ADEC participated in calls and e-mails with Air Force contractor regarding Proposed Plan status and outstanding issues related to updated risk assessment data from May through July 2005; Risk assessment data approved by State Risk Assessor Aug 2005; Final Proposed Plan submitted and approved on August 5, 2005 Jeff Norberg
8/25/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Public meeting held August 24, 2005 1900 – 2100 hrs at the Loussac Library to discuss Proposed Plan for Eareckson AS Sites FT01, FT02, FT03, and SS07 Jeff Norberg
10/21/2010 Update or Other Action The Final Non-CERCLA Decision Document was signed by USAF and ADEC representatives for three Fire Training Grounds at Eareckson Air Station. As lead agent under CERCLA, the USAF has issued a no action ROD under separate cover for these sites - in part because petorleum ius not considered a hazardous substance under the CERCLA petroleum exclusion. Because petroleum is a hazardous substance under state law, these sites need to be addressed under state regulations. At the Fire Department Foam Training Area (FT003) the risks to human health and the environment identified were due to metals (aluminum and chromium) that are believed to be naturally occurring. However, petroleum hydrocarbon levels in the subsurface soils and groundwater exceed ADEC cleanup levels. The selected reemedy at FT003 includes ICs to restrict subsurface activities and monitored natural attenuation of groundwater. Additional sampling and analysis for metals in the site groundwater will also be conducted to substantiate that the metals are naturally occurring. Jonathan Schick
10/21/2010 CERCLA ROD Approved ADEC and USAF representatives have signed the Record of Decision for three Fire Training Grounds at Eareckson Air Station. Based on the results of environmental investigations conducted at the three Fire Training Grounds addressed in this Record of Decision, no CERCLA hazardous substances are considered COCs or COECs and the USAF has determined that no action is necessary under CERCLA to protect public health or welfare of the environment at any of the three Environmental Restoration Sites. ADEC Contaminated Sites Staff concurred that the slelcted remedy complies with state law. Investigations conducted at the FT001, FT002, and FT003 have shown that the contamination is from discharges of petroleum products and, therefore, there is no action necessary under CERCLA and no remedy is being selected under CERCLA. Metals were detected at these three sites; however, there are no antthropogenic sources for these metals at the three fire training sites and these sites will contain a requirement for confirmation sampling for metals to verify that the conclusion that they are not antropogenic in origin. Additionally groundwater and surface water monitoring will be conducted for petroleum products under the State Decision Document. Jonathan Schick
6/25/2011 Update or Other Action This site was included in the 2010 Record of Decision but was not included in the contract for groundwater sampling with the other Fire Training Ground Sites as it was not initially anticipated to be part of the Long Term Monitoring Projects. The ROD determined that the groundwater will be sampled every 2 years to determine if the metals are naturally occurring and to monitor the concentrations of the petroleum constituents. Jonathan Schick
6/25/2012 Update or Other Action No sampling has been conducted at this site but it should be included in the next round of sampling for the Fire Training Ground Sites as determined in the September 2010 Record of Decision. Jonathan Schick
12/1/2012 Update or Other Action The USAF submitted the 2012 Land Use Control Management Plan, which included land use controls for FT03 at Eareckson Air Station. Jessica Morris
10/10/2013 Update or Other Action The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program approved the Environmental Long Term Management Report for several sites. Continued long term monitoring was recommended for FT003. Jessica Morris
1/9/2014 Update or Other Action The ADEC Contaminated Site Program approved the Final Eareckson Air Station Five Year Review Report. The report recommended removing surface metals debris at FT003. Recommedations also included conducting sampling to determine the presence/absence of PFOS/PFOAs. Jessica Morris
8/8/2014 Institutional Control Record Established Institutional Controls established and entered into the database. The ICs include the following 1) The Eareckson AS Base General Base will contain a map indicating restrictions for groundwater use and excavation of soil. Dig permits are issued by the Base Operating Contractor prior to any excavation or well installation at the Base. 2) The USAF will obtain prior concurrence from ADEC to terminate the ICs, modify land use, or allow other actions that might disrupt the protectiveness of the ICs. 3) The ICs will remain in effect until the petroleum hydrocarbons, VOCs, and SVOCs in soil are found to be less that the applicable cleanup levels. Jessica Morris
8/8/2014 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 73820 POL soils from Fire Training Activities. Jessica Morris
8/27/2014 Long Term Monitoring Established The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program approved the Final Work Plan for Environmental Long Term Monitoring and Site Inspections ((FT001, FT002, FT003, OT048, SS007, LF015, LF018, LF024, LF026, SS010, SS023, ST035, SS025, ST009, ST044, ST046, ST050, ST051) and Limited Site Characterization (Building 3055 Area) at Eareckson Air Station, Alaska. This scope of work is not sufficient to meet the long term monitoring objectives outlined in the most recently established RODs. The USAF will hold a scoping meeting with ADEC to plan additional well installation to meet these long term monitoring requirements. Jessica Morris
5/12/2015 Meeting or Teleconference Held The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program participated in a project scoping meeting with the US Air Force regarding various sites at Eareckson Air Station. A remedial investigation/feasibility study for multiple compliance and LUST sites is scheduled to occur in 2015/2016. Additional groundwater wells will also be installed for long term monitoring at several IRP sites. Jessica Morris
5/20/2015 Institutional Control Periodic Reporting The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program approved the Final Report for Environmental Long Term Monitoring and Site Inspections ((FT001, FT002, FT003, OT048, SS007, LF015, LF018, LF024, LF026, SS010, SS023, ST035, SS025, ST009, ST044, ST046, ST050, ST051) at Eareckson Air Station, Alaska. Jessica Morris
7/9/2015 Institutional Control Update ADEC approved the July 2015 U.S. Air Force Land Use Control Management Plan, Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center Installations. The plan includes land use controls for FT003 at Eareckson Air Station. Jessica Morris
10/22/2015 Update or Other Action The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program reviewed and commented on a draft scope of work for investigation, remedial process optimization, and long term management studies at several sites for Eareckson Air Station. Jessica Morris
11/14/2016 Site Visit ADEC staff travelled to Eareckson Air Station for 4 days to conduct site visits and become familiar with the ecology and topography of the island. Site visits were conducted to all pertinent sites and meetings were held to with ADEC and USAF to discuss a path forward for the sites. Jessica Morris
3/31/2017 Report or Workplan Review - Other The ADEC Contaminated Sites Program approved the Final UFP-QAPP Site Investigation for Perfluorinated Compounds and Long Term Management Studies, Eareckson Air Station. The work plan was approved with the condition that the monitoring program proposed was not sufficient to meet the requirements in the RODs. ADEC requires a work plan for remedy implementation to establish an adequate monitoring program. Jessica Morris

Contaminant Information

Name Level Description Media Comments
DRO Between Method 2 Migration to Groundwater and Human Health/Ingestion/Inhalation Soil
DRO > Table C Groundwater
GRO > Table C Groundwater

Control Type

Type Details
Signed CS Determination ICs include: - updates to the Eareckson AS Base General Plan to include restriction areas for soil and groundwater - update USAF land records to include site boundaries and IC requirements. - conduct visual inspections in conjuction with MNA every 2 years - conduct MNA in groundwater at FT003 every two years.


Description Details
Excavation / Soil Movement Restrictions
Groundwater Monitoring
Groundwater Use Restrictions
Periodic Review

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