Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Moose Creek General Store

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Status: Active Database Name: Moose Creek General Store
Location: 4402 Al Cory Drive, North Pole, AK Latitude/Longitude: See database entry
DEC Contaminated Sites Contact: Neal Everson, Project Manager - 907- 451-2117
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The Moose Creek area is located approximately 18 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The Moose Creek General Store site is located on the northwest corner of Al Cory Drive and Claude Street, North Pole, Alaska. The site is currently operating as a gas, liquor and grocery store. The site was also a service station until 1993. In December 1990, the DEC received a complaint from a resident in Moose Creek concerning petroleum odor in drinking water. Subsequent analysis of drinking water well(s) showed petroleum contamination levels well above the State of Alaska limits. Site assessments were performed in 1992. Soil contamination, groundwater contamination, and free-phase petroleum product in the installed monitoring wells were identified. Free product collection began in December 1992. The UST system, consisting of two 4,000-gallon unleaded gasoline tanks, one 2,000-gallon unleaded gasoline tank and two 2,000-gallon diesel tanks, along with the associated piping, was removed in May 1993. Approximately 730 tons of petroleum contaminated soils were excavated and thermally remediated off-site. A treatment system designed to treat subsurface residual contamination and groundwater was installed in 1995. The facility continues to receive grants through the State of Alaska Financial Assistance Program to fund cleanup activities.


Public Health and Environmental Concerns


The contaminants of concern (COC's) are primarily petroleum; gasoline and gasoline components (BTEX). Petroleum contaminated (gasoline) soil remains on-site. Extensive impacts to the groundwater have been identified both on and off-site, and drinking water wells were identified as impacted by petroleum contamination. New domestic drinking water wells were installed to replace those impacted by the petroleum contamination.


Current Status


A Soil Vapor Extraction/Air Sparge (SVE/AS) system was installed in 1995 and continues to operate. A portable dual-phase extraction system was purchased by the consultant and operated in pilot-scale status in July 2001. The system was operated at the site in 2002 and will be re-installed at the site in 2003. Long term monitoring (LTM) is currently in place and will continue.


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Photo 2 of site.