Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Port of Anchorage Former Defense Fuel Support Point

Database Name: Port of Anchorage – Former Defense Fuel Support Point

Status: Cleanup Complete – Institutional Controls

Location: Anchorage

Latitude: 61.233269

Longitude: -149.887916


DEC Contaminated Sites contact: Louis Howard, Project Manager, 907-269-7552

U.S. Air Force contact: Port of Anchorage contact: Sharon Walsh, , 907-343-6203

Contacts updated: October 14, 2016

Summary updated: July 2, 2012

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Map courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.


The Port of Anchorage – Former Defense Fuel Support Point (also known as the Anchorage Petroleum Terminal) is at 1217 Anchorage Port Road, and it covers about 69 acres on what is now Port of Anchorage land. The site is bordered by Elmendorf Air Force Base (now called Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson) on the north and east, the Government Hill community to the south, and various petroleum tank farms operated by private companies to the west, southwest and northwest.


From 1942 until 1996, when the support point was decommissioned, the Defense Fuel Support Point received, stored and issued fuel via pipelines, ships, rail and truck to and from Elmendorf, Kulis Air National Guard and Fort Richardson, Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright.

Public Health and Environmental Concerns

Previous investigations have identified roughly 27 releases of various petroleum fuels and transformer fluid between 1960 and 1989. Fuel-related contaminants, semi-volatiles and metals have been identified in the soil, sediment, groundwater or surface water.


Response Actions

Site plan.

The above diagram is what the site used to look like. (Diagram
courtesy of Shannon & Wilson, June 2000.)

Current Status

The site is fenced and locked; access is limited to visitors on official business or construction workers. People may be exposed to contaminants by accidentally swallowing contaminated soil or water, or through contact with exposed skin. Wildlife, such as birds and rodents, may be exposed to contaminants by swallowing the soil or water or through contact with skin.


Long-term groundwater and surface water monitoring have shown stable or decreasing trends.

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