Division of Spill Prevention and Response


    555 Cordova Street
    Anchorage, AK 99501-2617
    Phone: (907) 269-7578
CONTAMINATED SITES PROGRAM http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/csp/

June 14, 2002

By Mail and Facsimile

Jim Kulas
Manager, Environmental
Teck Cominco Alaska Incorporated
Red Dog Operations
3105 Lakeshore Dr., Bldg. A, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99517

    RE: "Concentrate Recovery and Recycling Plan DeLong Mountain Regional Transportation System, Alaska" dated June 14, 2002

Mr. Kulas;

The Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) within the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reviewed and approves your work plan "Concentrate Recovery and Recycling Plan DeLong Mountain Regional Transportation System, Alaska" (PDF 2.67M) dated June 14, 2002. The work plan was prepared by your environmental consultant Exponent and submitted to CSP via e-mail. The final work plan addresses verbal comments that I provided to you on June 12, 2002 regarding a draft of the work plan.

While CSP approves the work plan, as we have previously discussed, DEC has not yet established cleanup levels at this site. Therefore, it may be possible in the future that concentrations of metals, e.g., zinc, in the road may be elevated above either the default (Method 2) or an alternative cleanup level (ACL) established for this site. The CSP will continue to work with you on a timely manner during the risk assessment process to determine cleanup levels that are protective to human health and the environment.

As we also discussed, neither the subject plan or the previous road sampling plan (PDF 691K)addresses the shoulders of the road. During the meeting on June 12, Mr. Larry Hartig noted that Teck Cominco will be addressing this issue in the near future. Please submit all such future characterization work plans to my attention.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me at 269 – 7578.



Rich Sundet

CSP Project Manager

CC: Scott Shock, Exponent, Bellevue, WA (by mail and facsimile)
  Jerry Booth, Booth & Associates, Greenacres, WA
  John Wood, P.E., AIDEA, Anchorage
  Larry Hartig, Hartig, Rhodes, Hoge & Lekisch, Anchorage
  Charlotte MacCay, Teck Cominco, Anchorage
  Paul Glavinovich, Nana Corporation, Anchorage
  Mara Bacsujlaky, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Fairbanks
  Mike Frank, Trustees for Alaska, Anchorage
  Amy Crook, Center for Science in Public Participation, Juneau
  Judy Gottlieb, National Park Service, Anchorage
  Mary Siroky, DEC, Juneau
  Cam Leonard, SOA Dept. of Law