Camp Lonely Landfill
Database Name: Camp Lonely
Location: 75 miles southeast of Nuiqsut
DEC Contaminated Sites contact: Melody Debenham, Project Manager, (907) 451-5175
Contact information for the Potentially Responsible Parties is found on the Camp Lonely Contact List
Contacts updated: July 2015
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Summary updated: January 2016
Camp Lonely, built in 1974, is a former base of operations for exploration activities in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) on the Beaufort Sea in northern Alaska. The nearest communities are Nuiqsut (75 miles southeast) and Barrow (85 miles northwest). Camp Lonely is located on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated (CIRI) currently leases the pad from BLM.
The Camp Lonely facilities originally included living quarters, warehouses, shops, fuel storage, and two landfills (the Western Landfill and the Northeast Landfill) on a 15-acre gravel pad. CIRI removed the buildings and surface structures in 2005, and disposed of the debris offsite.
The Western Landfill is 4 acres, located along the western edge of the pad. It was active from 1977 to 1886 and was used by multiple responsible parties. Wastes disposed of in the Western Landfill include industrial wastes such as drums, batteries, wire, cable, and piping, and domestic waste from the camp.
The Northeast Landfill is 0.2 acres, located in the northeast corner of the pad. There is no documentation of the origin or contents of this landfill. Test pits excavated in the area in 2005 found it mainly contained crushed drums.
Potentially Responsible PartiesThe Camp Lonely site was used by multiple parties who may have contributed to the presence of contaminants at the site or disposed of wastes in the landfills. Potentially responsible parties at this site include: the Bureau of Land Management (the landowner); Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (the current lessor); the U.S. Geological Survey; the U.S. Navy; the U.S. Air Force; Husky Oil Operations, Limited; and FELEC Services, Inc. The March 2013 Administrative Agreement by Consent for Camp Lonely Site identifies the responsible parties.
Public Health and Environmental ConcernsDuring a site visit in 2004, a consultant observed 50-60 drums exposed by erosion and large quantities of miscellaneous metal debris on the surface of the Western Landfill. In addition, the consultant saw an oil sheen on surface water and free product migrating to the lagoon.
A 2005 interim removal action at the Western Landfill included removing and disposing of two buried, leaking drums containing oil, and placing sorbent booms at potential release areas to prevent migration of remaining oil.
An environmental assessment of the pad conducted in 2005 identified several areas associated with the former structures and above ground storage tanks (ASTs) that had soil contaminated with petroleum above the ADEC Method Two cleanup level.
These areas are:
- Bulk Fuel Tank Storage Area 65,000-gallon AST
- Incinerator/Utility Building Area
- Vehicle Maintenance Shop
- 1,300-gallon AST
- Loading Dock Area
- Communication Shop AST
Current StatusHusky Oil Operations, Limited (Husky), is managing and coordinating cleanup activities at Camp Lonely on behalf of the other Potentially Responsible Parties. Husky contracted SLR International Corp (SLR) and Olgoonik Specialty Contractors (OSC) to implement the Camp Lonely Site Cleanup Plan in 2013. The cleanup plan has four primary steps:
- Excavation of:
- contaminated soil above cleanup levels
- solid waste
- Offsite disposal of:
- hazardous and regulated substances
- solid waste
- Onsite landfarming of petroleum contaminated soil
- Surface water monitoring
The contractors completed excavation activities at the Western Landfill, the Northeast Landfill, and the petroleum contaminated sites in the 2013 field season.
The Western Landfill contained crushed drums, several drums partially full of product (used oil, fuel, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and glycol), batteries, paint, asbestos containing material, and other miscellaneous wastes. Excavated landfill material was processed through a screen plant to remove solid waste. The contractors containerized all hazardous and regulated wastes and shipped them offsite for disposal, and consolidated and staged the scrap metal for offsite transport.
The Northeast Landfill contained tightly packed, crushed, heavy gauge military drums. The contractors consolidated the drums and staged them for offsite transport. No hazardous materials were encountered at this landfill.
At the petroleum contaminated sites, the contractor completed excavation and confirmation sampling activities. Approximately 27,000 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated soil was staged in stockpiles for treatment by landfarming.
During the 2014 field season the contractors completed screening the landfill material through the screen plant, shipped the staged scrap metal and solid waste offsite, and established the landfarm to treat petroleum contaminated soil. Approximately 11,500 cubic yards of contaminated soil was landfarmed in 2014.
The contractors also collected surface water samples from four locations adjacent to the pad. No contaminants were detected in any of the surface water samples.
The following was shipped offsite for disposal in 2013 and 2014:
- 1800 tons of scrap metal (recycled)
- 750 tons of solid waste
- 430 tons of contaminated soil (polychlorinated biphenyls, lead, and chromium)
- 45 tons of asbestos containing material
- 9 tons of used oil, fuel, glycol, broken batteries, and paint
Remaining ActionsThe following activities are anticipated to be completed in 2015:
- Landfarm the remaining 15,500 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated soil
- Final pickup of any surface debris or trash on the pad
- Offsite disposal of the remaining trash and debris
- Surface water monitoring
- Camp Lonely Site Cleanup Plan, Landfills and Associated Pad, (SLR International Corp., December 2012).
- Camp Lonely Settlement Documents
- Supplemental Monitoring Report: Surface Water Monitoring and 2008 Site Visit, (Hoefler Consulting Group, December 2008).
- Supplemental Monitoring Report: 2006 Site Characterization and Boom Maintenance (Hoefler Consulting Group, May 2007).
- Supplemental Monitoring Report: 2006 Site Characterization and Boom Maintenance - Report Appendices (253 pages).
- Feasibility Study for Remedial Actions at Camp Lonely Landfill (Hoefler Consulting Group, June 2007).
- Camp Lonely Landfill Feasibility Study Presentation (Hoefler Consulting Group, November 2006).
- Camp Lonely Landfill Presentation (DEC, March 17, 2005).
Contaminated Sites Database Reports
- Camp Lonely Landfill
- Camp Lonely AOC Bulk Fuel Tank Storage Area
- Camp Lonely AOC Incinerator Utility Building Area
- Camp Lonely AOC Vehicle Maintenance Shop Area