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Site Report: Wrangell Institute

Site Name: Wrangell Institute
Address: Zimovia Highway, Wrangell, AK 99929
File Number: 1529.38.002
Hazard ID: 3137
Status: Cleanup Complete
Staff: ,
Latitude: 56.416389
Longitude: -132.342222
Horizontal Datum:

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.


Petroleum contamination remains on site due to general operation and maintenance issues with the fuel pipelines and heating oil day tanks. Extensive soil contamination is present on the site with groundwater contamination in the middle portion of the site exceeding cleanup levels for DRO and PAHs. Additional characterization is needed at Institute Creek which is an anadromous fish stream. Petersburg B-2 NE Quadrangle.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
10/11/1999 Update or Other Action Application accepted for acceptance into the VCP. Later rescinded on 10/10/02. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/11/1999 Cleanup Level(s) Approved Cleanup Levels Approved this date. Anne Marie Palmieri
11/19/1999 Site Added to Database Petroleum contamination. Anne Marie Palmieri
11/24/1999 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Initial ranking. Anne Marie Palmieri
12/20/2000 Update or Other Action Project manager changed to Jaynes. Bruce Wanstall
3/15/2001 Update or Other Action Teleconference with Bob Caldwell at Wrangell Public Works. Roughly 550 cubic yards currently stockpiled on a rock pit near the golf course. very organic soil may not work in asphalt incorporation. Told him we would be in Wrangell on April 20 and that we would work with him to determine a solution. A biocell or perhaps a method 3 TOC determination can be done. Caldwell says they also need landfill cover for final closure plan. Need to talk with Glenn Miller. Some sort of impermeable cap will probably be needed. Looking at late fall or next winter. Putrescible waste now being shipped south. Bill Janes
3/20/2001 Update or Other Action Teleconference with Schlichting at Carson Dorn who is putting together sampling plan for Caldwell. Requested 8 foc discrete and a duplicate, 10 discret DRO, 1 duplicate, 2 PAH, and 5 BTEX unless Caldwell has other data showing PAHs and BTEX are ND Bill Janes
8/19/2002 Update or Other Action Site reranked with additional information from field work. Site scores as a high priority and will be removed from the VCP. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/10/2002 Update or Other Action VCP status rescinded this date. Staff requested final report from 2001 field work. PRP notification letters (BLM, BIA, USFS, CIRI) will be sent out soon. Anne Marie Palmieri
11/27/2002 Update or Other Action PRP notification letters sent to BLM, BIA, CIRI, and the USFS. Anne Marie Palmieri
1/16/2003 Update or Other Action USFS response to PRP letter received. Anne Marie Palmieri
4/8/2003 Update or Other Action CIRI response to PRP letter received. Anne Marie Palmieri
4/18/2003 Update or Other Action Staff talks with BIA (K. Holzinger): BIA is reorganizing and may be able to respond to the PRP request for information letter in May. Anne Marie Palmieri
4/20/2003 Interim Removal Action Approved Interim Removal Action report received and approved this date. Anne Marie Palmieri
4/21/2003 Update or Other Action IRA report sent to PRPs with a letter detailing additional actions needed at the site. CS staff request that PRPs notify DEC within 2 weeks if they wish to perform the work, or DEC will conduct the additional characterization needed and cost recover. Anne Marie Palmieri
5/15/2003 Cleanup Assumed by ADEC PRPs reject opportunity to conduct site characterization, thus DEC will conduct it and cost recover the expense. Anne Marie Palmieri
9/25/2003 Site Characterization Workplan Approved Site Characterization workplan from SLR approved. DEC is funding this work. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/29/2003 Update or Other Action Fieldwork in Wrangell begins, should be completed in 2 weeks. Anne Marie Palmieri
2/24/2004 Site Characterization Report Approved SLR's Site Characterization Report approved. Anne Marie Palmieri
2/24/2004 Update or Other Action Site Characterization report forwarded to BLM, BIA, USFS, CIRI, and the City of Wrangell. Anne Marie Palmieri
4/23/2004 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting held with Dept. of Interior, US Forest Service, Dept. of Justice, and Cook Inlet Regional to discuss additional actions needed. Anne Marie Palmieri
7/22/2004 GIS Position Updated Travel to Wrangell; Record GPS and inspect/photograph the property and contaminated soil stockpiles. Site GPS at Mile 5.5 Zimovia Highway; newest contaminated soil stockpile 5.25 mile Z Hwy [NAD 23 N 56.419417 lat and W -132.346944 long] and located older soil stockpile on golf course spur road NAD 23 N 56.46461 lat and -132.32030 W long. Bruce Wanstall
12/2/2004 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting held with City of Wrangell and Dept. of Law to discuss potential cleanup levels for the site and the corresponding restrictions or encumberances that would result with each level. Anne Marie Palmieri
12/8/2004 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC staff and management and Dept. of Law met with Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Interior, City of Wrangell, and Cook Inlet Regional representatives to discuss site cleanup issues. DEC staff stated that DEC would like to have a cleanup action workplan by April 1. CIRI and the Federal Government are negotiating an agreement to do this work. Anne Marie Palmieri
1/7/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting held as follow-up to 12/8/04 meeting. Anne Marie Palmieri
1/20/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting (teleconference) held with all parties. Anne Marie Palmieri
2/26/2007 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Anne Marie Palmieri
7/27/2007 Cleanup Plan Approved Notice to Proceed issued to Shannon & Wilson to conduct Phase 1 (excavation and stockpiling) of the cleanup. Fieldwork is likely to begin the week of August 13. Anne Marie Palmieri
12/7/2007 Update or Other Action Excavation of contaminated soils occured at 4 areas during the fall. Approx. 5,000 cy of contaminated soil is stockpiled on site. Site is buttoned up for the winter. Excavation still needs to occur at one area in the center of the site and along the bulk fuel pipeline in the spring. Anne Marie Palmieri
6/5/2009 Final Cleanup Report Reviewed Cleanup report approved this date. Contractor currently moving lightly-contaminated soil from site to landfill. Site will be closed with ICs following completion of soil movement and with acceptable results from the groundwater sampling report. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/12/2009 Institutional Control Record Established Institutional Controls established and entered into the database. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/12/2009 Cleanup Complete Determination Issued Closure letter sent to the City and Borough of Wrangell on this date. Small volume of contaminated soil remaining at southern end of site at the former bulk fuel pipeline. Surface water samples downgradient met Alaska Surface Water Quality Standards. Location has been surveyed and a site figure depicting the location provided to the CBW and recorded at the DNR's recorder's office. No reporting requirements are needed. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/12/2009 Institutional Control Record Removed Institutional Controls have been removed. Anne Marie Palmieri
10/12/2009 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking A new updated ranking with ETM has been completed for source area 74112 Main Facility. Anne Marie Palmieri
8/30/2011 Update or Other Action Sent to AAA Moving and Storage Juneau Archive 9/11 by Bianca Reece, Bar Code # K36511 Bianca Reece
9/20/2011 Update or Other Action File # 1529.38.002 archived 8/11, K36538 bar code # due to be destroyed 6/30/34 Bianca Reece

Contaminant Information

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

Control Type

Type Details
No ICs Required


Description Details
Advance approval required to transport soil or groundwater off-site.

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