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Site Report: Eareckson Air Station FT01


Site Name: Eareckson Air Station FT01
Address: Ltng Strike Pit/Burn Area, West side of Skoot Cove, Amchitka, AK 99546
File Number: 2649.38.001, 2649.38.002
Hazard ID: 59
Status: Cleanup Complete - Institutional Controls
Staff: Jessica Morris, 9072693077 Jessica.Morris@alaska.gov
Latitude: 52.715658
Longitude: 174.066558
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.

Problems/Comments

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. 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. 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. FT01 - Lightning Strike Pit / Burn Area. Waste oil and fuels were dumped on soil surface and set on fire for training purposes in 1970s and 1980s. Substances not consumed by fire were allowed to soak into soil. The site was covered with 2 feet of clean fill material. The site contains no structures and is currently undeveloped.

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
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 (4 volumes). Ray Burger
9/14/1995 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RI - Remedial Investigation). RI action added by Shannon and Wilson on 3/14/97, based on Relative Risk Evaluation Worksheet dated 9/14/95. Current phase is RI. Pathway: GW discharged to Pacific Ocean, which is located within 50' of site. No evident surface water; surface soil is also a pathway. Receptors: Area is off-limits to humans. Ecological receptors include otters, whales, sea lions, migratory birds, Aleutian Canadian Geese (endangered). S&W-Miner
1/15/1996 Update or Other Action Final Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study Report, Volume III, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska (Formerly Shemya Air Force Base Alaska). Ray Burger
3/15/1996 Site Characterization Report Approved Final Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study Report, Volume IV, Eareckson Air Station, Alaska (Formerly Shemya Air Force Base Alaska). Ray Burger
12/30/1998 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Air Force on Decision Documents Volumes 3 and 4. Two main issues - (1) level of detail needed in documents, and (2) no DRO, GRO and RRO analyses in long-term monitoring. Avoided formal dispute resolution process - began working on document detail needed and necessary analyses for long-term monitoring. Gretchen Pikul
1/20/1999 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Air Force to discuss appropriate sites to be included within the Decision Documents Volumes 3 and 4 and the appropriate site status (transfer to Compliance, RCRA, Remedial Actions, and No-Further-Remedial-Action-Planned). Gretchen Pikul
1/20/1999 Update or Other Action Final Base-Wide Monitoring Program Workplan - note DRO, GRO and RRO were not included as requested by ADEC. Gretchen Pikul
2/5/1999 Update or Other Action Remedial Investigation Base-Wide Groundwater Monitoring Report, August - September 1998, Base-Wide Monitoring Activities and Findings (dated January 1999). Gretchen Pikul
2/25/1999 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Air Force on 4 potential NFRAP sites (FT01, FT03, LF18 and LF24/26), ADEC prepared briefing papers with questions for Air Force. Also received the Air Force response letter to the ADEC Compliance Advisory Letter (dated December 1998). Gretchen Pikul
8/16/1999 Update or Other Action Remedial Investigation Baseline Groundwater Monitoring Report, August - September 1998, Base-Wide Monitoring Activities and Findings - Final dated June 18, 1999. Gretchen Pikul
11/30/1999 Update or Other Action Decision Documents (review draft dated November 1999, received November 30, 1999, meeting on January 4, 2000). Gretchen Pikul
3/10/2000 Update or Other Action Comprehensive Base-Wide Monitoring Report, June 1999 Base-Wide Monitoring Activities and Findings (draft dated October 1999); ADEC comment letter dated January 7, 2000; final dated 1-31-00, received by Air Force on 3-1-00, and ADEC on 3-10-00). Gretchen Pikul
8/16/2000 Update or Other Action Base-Wide Monitoring Program Workplan (draft dated June 14, 2000; ADEC comment letter dated June 16, 2000; final dated August 16, 2000). Gretchen Pikul
5/24/2001 Update or Other Action Year 2000 Base-Wide Monitoring Program Report (draft final dated April 9, 2001, ADEC comment letter dated May 24, 2001). 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
7/29/2003 Update or Other Action Technical Memorandum Results of 1995 IRP Field Program (dated January 1996 and received on July 29, 2003). Gretchen Pikul
5/13/2004 Update or Other Action Basewide Monitoring Program Work Plan Addendum (sampling to address data gaps prior to ROD for FT01, LF18, and FT03) - draft dated April 2004 and received April 21, 2004; ADEC comments sent via e-mail on April 22; comment resolution call on April 26; final dated and received May 13. 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 Site Characterization Report Approved 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 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
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 petroleum is 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 Lightning Strike/Burn Area (FT001), human health or ecological risks from soil and groundwater are acceptable provided that the land use does not include subsurface activities. Institutional Controls to restrict excavations, installation of groundwater wells, and other subsurface activities are the selected remedy to protect human health and the environment at FT001. Jonathan Schick
1/12/2012 Cleanup Complete Determination Issued In October 2010 a Record of Decision and a State Decision Document were signed by the USAF and ADEC. This site was determined to still contain elevated concentrations of petroleum products in the soil, and so Institutional Controls restricting any subsurface activities at the site and restricted access to the groundwater at the site were the selected remedies for this site. These ICs will be recorded in the USAF 611th's Institutional Controls Management Plan. Jonathan Schick
1/12/2012 Institutional Control Record Established Institutional Controls (ICs) 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. 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 FT01 at Eareckson Air Station. Jessica Morris
1/9/2014 Update or Other Action The ADEC Contaminated Site Program approved the Final Eareckson Air Station Five Year Review Report. Metal debris was noted at FT001, and recommendations were made to remove the surface debris. Jessica Morris
8/7/2014 Institutional Control Periodic Reporting A periodic review site inspection was conducted. No breaches of ICs were observed during the site inspection. The Land Use Control Management Plan and the Base General Plan for Eareckson were operational, and included information included soil and groundwater restrictions for FT01. The dig permit system was being followed at this site for Eareckson. 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 the Lighting Strike/Burn Area (FT001) 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
GRO Between Method 2 Migration to Groundwater and Human Health/Ingestion/Inhalation Soil

Control Type

Type Details
Signed CS Determination CS database notation and signed decision document 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

Requirements

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

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