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Camp Lonely Landfill

Database Name: Camp Lonely

Status: Active

Location: 75 miles southeast of Nuiqsut

Latitude: 70.908847

Longitude: -153.296950

 

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

 

Topographic map of area.

Description

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 Parties

The 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 Concerns

During 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:

 

 

Current Status

Husky 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:

 

  1. Excavation of:
    1. contaminated soil above cleanup levels
    2. solid waste
  2. Offsite disposal of:
    1. hazardous and regulated substances
    2. solid waste
  3. Onsite landfarming of petroleum contaminated soil
  4. 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:

 

Remaining Actions

The following activities are anticipated to be completed in 2015:

 

 

More Information

 

Contaminated Sites Database Reports

 


Landfill, west edge, southern end.
(2004 USAF photo)


Husky Landfill, south half, looking east.

Camp Lonely Landfill, south half, looking
east. (2004 USAF photo)


Oil seepage at Husky Landfill, looking east.

Oil seepage at Camp Lonely Landfill,
looking east.(2004 USAF photo)


Husky Landfill

Camp Lonely Landfill - middle area
(2004 USAF photo)

Oil seepeage at Husky Landfill -1

Oil seepeage at Landfill -1
(2004 USAF photo)

Closeup of oil seepage at Husky Landfill, looking east.

Oil seepage at Camp Lonely Landfill,
looking east. (2004 USAF photo)

Oil seepage at Husky Landfill - 2

Oil seepage at Landfill - 2
(2004 USAF photo)

Undated aerial photo of site.

Undated aerial photo. (2004 USAF photo)

The various areas are drawn on an aerial photo taken in 2013. (SLR photo).

The various areas are drawn on an
aerial photo taken in 2013.
(SLR photo).

The above photo shows 2013 excavation activities in the Western Landfill. (SLR photo).

The above photo shows 2013 excavation
activities in the Western Landfill.
(SLR photo)

The stockpile of metal from the Western Landfill in the 2013 field season. (SLR photo)

The stockpile of metal from the Western
Landfill in the 2013 field season.
(SLR photo)

Workers load super sacks of contaminated soil onto a barge in 2013. (SLR photo)

Workers load super sacks of
contaminatedsoil onto a barge in 2013.
(SLR photo)

This photo shows the drums collected from the Northeast Landfill in the 2013 field season. (SLR photo)

This photo shows the drums collected from the Northeast Landfill in the 2013 field season. (SLR photo)

This aerial photo shows the Camp Lonely pad during the 2014 field season.  The petroleum contaminated soil is being screened and land farmed, and scrap metal is staged for shipment off-site.

This aerial photo shows the Camp Lonely pad during the 2014 field season. The petroleum contaminated soil is being screened and land farmed, and scrap metal is staged for shipment off-site. (SLR photo)