Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Elmendorf Air Force Base

Database Name: JBER-Elmendorf

Status: Active

Location: Anchorage

Latitude: See database entries

Longitude: See database entries

This site has a Restoration Advisory Board, which involves the community.

DEC Contaminated Sites contact: Louis Howard, Project Manager for JBER, Contaminated Sites Program, Spill Prevention and Response Division, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, 555 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK  99501-2617, (907) 269-7552, (907) 269-7649 Fax

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson contact: Teresa Lee, Chief, JBER Environmental Restoration, Operating Location Alaska JBER, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, 10471 20th St., Suite 317, JBER, AK  99506-2201, (907) 384-1824

U.S. EPA contact: Sandra Halstead, Alaska Operations Office, Environmental Protection Agency, 222 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 19, Room 537, Anchorage, AK  99513-7504, (907) 271-1218

Contacts updated: October 21, 2016

Summary updated: November 2008

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Beach restoration work at Elmendorf.

Beach restoration.


The Elmendorf Air Force Base (EAFB) site covers approximately 13,455 acres near Anchorage. The Air Force has identified over 35 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites and 31 State Elmendorf Environmental Agreement (SERA) areas of possible contamination including landfills, drum storage areas, waste disposal areas, fuel spill areas, and leaking underground storage tanks (UST's). Unlined landfills have received a variety of hazardous wastes, including lead acid batteries and waste solvents. Shop wastes, solvents and paint thinners, have been disposed of in an unlined trench.

The site was added to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) National Priorities List in 1990. It has been divided into several operable units (OUs), each of which moves independently through the Superfund cleanup process.

Public Health and Environmental Concerns

Groundwater has been contaminated with lead and volatile organic compounds such as trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and tetrachloroethylene. Used oils, solvents, and fuel have been discharged onto the ground. Soil is contaminated with petroleum, lead, and chlorinated solvents.

People may be exposed to pollutants through dermal contact or accidental ingestion of contaminated soil or water. Contaminants that may have bioaccumulated in fish and other wildlife may also pose a health threat to humans.

Response Actions

Current Status

Wetlands on Elmendorf.

Bioventing is being used to cleanup the soil at several SERA sites. Contaminated groundwater and seep water flows through a constructed wetland remediation system in Operable Unit 5 at the location of the "snowmelt" pond. The second five year review was conducted and finished on December 17, 2003 which concluded that the remedial actions taken at the Base still remain protective of human health and the environment.

The Air Force has continued to meet with community members on a semiannual basis in a Community Environmental Board forum to discuss environmental issues and concerns at the Base.

More Information

US Air Force’s Elmendorf Environmental Restoration Program


The next Community Environmental Board is scheduled forWednesday, November 19, 2007, at 7 p.m., at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, at 239 West 4th Avenue, downtown Anchorage. 

Information Repositories Documents associated with these project
activities are available for public review at:

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services
ARLIS Room 111, Library Building
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 272-7547