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Site Report: Former Utica Mine

Site Name: Former Utica Mine
Address: 14 miles south of Deering, Deering, AK 99736
File Number: 510.38.002
Hazard ID: 4141
Status: Active
Staff: Curtis Dunkin, 9072693053
Latitude: 65.910278
Longitude: -162.991944
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A Phase I site assessment carried out in June 2005 determined that this abandoned gold mine is contaminated with DRO, RRO, benzene, arsenic, cadmium, barium, total chromium, mercury, silver, selenium, and lead. Drums containing unknown substances are present. Asbestos and lead-based paint may also be present. The site is adjacent to the Inmachuk River, which is currently used for subsistence fishing by residents of Deering.

Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
5/2/2005 Brownfields Award Site confirmed by EPA approval John Carnahan
6/24/2005 Site Added to Database Former mine site has high levels of heavy metals potentially migrating towards a stream. Deborah Williams
6/24/2005 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Site was ranked using the new ETM and a current exposure was identified. Deborah Williams
6/24/2005 GIS Position Updated The GIS position is very rough using interpolation of a map with NAD 83. As more information is gained gained about the site, the GIS coordinates will be updated in the Database. Deborah Williams
7/7/2005 Meeting or Teleconference Held Staff briefed division director about results of the Phase I site assessment. Sharon Richmond
7/7/2005 Preliminary Assessment Approved Reviewed and approved site assessment report. Comment letter will be sent out within a few days. Sharon Richmond
1/23/2007 Potentially Responsible Party/State Interest Letter Letter to NANA Regional, Inc. sent stating that as the owner of the Former Utica Mine, they may be responsible for response actions taken by the State and further characterization and cleanup. Requested a workplan be submitted to DEC by March 15, 2007. Also requested that they place "No Trespasing" signage around the property and submit photographs/verification to DEC. Lisa Maserjian
2/9/2007 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial Lisa Maserjian
3/28/2007 Update or Other Action PR letter and questionare sent to BLM John Halverson
4/9/2007 Update or Other Action Get a response from BLM stating they would like a 60 day extention to the request on their RP status. Send a letter back allowing for the extention and expecting their response by June 29, 2007. Lisa Maserjian
4/9/2007 Update or Other Action Receive work plan for Former Utica Mine site from NANA's consultant Travis/Peterson. Lisa Maserjian
3/3/2009 Update or Other Action Contaminated Sites reviewed and commented on a 2008 Cleanup Report for Utica Mine near Deering, Alaska. Some of the camp buildings are being demolished and areas of petroleum and lead impacted soils are being excavated. A small monocell is being constructed on site for inert building debris, asbestos and lead impacted soil. Small areas (30 – 50 cubic yards) of petroleum impacted soil will be landspread on site. Work is scheduled for completion at the former gold mining camp in 2009 Jeff Brownlee
6/15/2010 Update or Other Action ADEC sent an action request letter to the responsible party (NANA Corp.) requesting they postpone/reschedule their June 2010 mobilization which was intended to continue ongoing remediation and site characterization work based upon a 2008 Corrective Action Plan. In the letter, ADEC outlined outstanding deficiencies with the work and corrective action plans which NANA had submitted to date including further site characterization required by ADEC, developing a conceptual site model and agreeing upon potential exposure pathways, determining naturally occurring background levels of inorganic compounds, determining and agreeing upon cleanup levels, and developing treatment or disposal plans for contaminated soil and hazardous materials. Curtis Dunkin
9/29/2011 Site Visit ADEC attempted to conduct a site visit at the former mine camp site with NANA and TPECI representatives. Due to inclement weather while flying enroute to the site, the group was forced to return to Kotzebue. Another site visit attempt is planned for 2012. Curtis Dunkin

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