Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Haines Military Road Cut-Off


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Status: Cleanup complete Database Name: Haines Cut-Off
Location: Mile 0.5 Haines Highway, Haines, AK Latitude/Longitude: See database entry
DEC Contaminated Sites Contact: No longer assigned - 907-465-5390



The Haines Military Road Cut-Off site is located at Mile 0.5 Haines Highway in Haines. The site was used as a motor park servicing military vehicles traveling the Haines Highway beginning around 1943. The site contained 2 large (96-foot by 64-foot) garages, 2 vehicle inspection areas, and 10 underground fuel storage tanks attached to a dispenser. According to past reports, the property was sold to a private owner in 1961. The site is currently used as a recreational vehicle park and operated seasonally.

In September 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drained and removed the 10 fuel tanks and installed 3 monitoring wells. The tanks and some contaminated soil were disposed of out-of-state. Elevated levels of petroleum hydrocarbons and lead were noted in the groundwater samples. In 2005, the Corps of Engineers conducted a Remedial Investigation which included installing and sampling 7 groundwater wells and collecting soil and sediment to determine the nature and extent of contamination.


Public Health and Environmental Concerns


At the former tank locations, high concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons were found in the soil, and high concentrations of lead and petroleum hydrocarbons were found in the groundwater. The soil contamination in the area where the former tanks were located is approximately 5 feet below ground surface and covered with clean uncontaminated fill. The groundwater contamination at the site is not used for drinking water.


Current Status


The Corps of Engineers conducted a Remedial Investigation in April 2005 and developing a report documenting those findings. In Fall 2006, the Corps of Engineers conducted cleanup operations, having recieved DEC approval for its remedial investigation and feasiblity study work plan. The Corps removed 533 tons of contaminated soil from 3 areas. All site soil sample analytical results met the approved cleanup levels. DEC approved site closure/cleanup complete status in August of 2007.


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