Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Naha Bay Former Cannery

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Status: Cleanup complete Database Name: Naha Bay Cannery
Location: Loring, near Ketchikan, AK Latitude/ Longitude: See database entry
DEC Contaminated Sites Contact: No longer assigned - 907-465-5390
Aerial photo of area.

Photograph from the Site Assessment Report shows three locations investigated.



The former Naha Bay Cannery site is near the head of Naha Bay, on the west coast of Revillagigedo Island, approx. 29km north of Ketchikan. The village of Loring grew up around the saltery established in 1883 and the Alaska Salmon Packing and Fur Company cannery was established in 1885. U.S. Survey 8 plat dated 1930 shows a large decked area constructed on piling over the intertidal and buildings along the immediate shoreline. Since the cannery closed in 1930 structures have been dismantled or collapsed in place and the property has essentially gone unused. Several ownership changes have occurred ending with Sealaska as the current owner.


Public Health and Environmental Concerns


The individual currently seeking to purchase the 61 acre property conducted a Site Assessment in which contaminated material was suspected in three locations. Site #1 and #2 are located on intertidal land and Site #3 is located at the edge of the beach adjacent to a concrete foundation near which large iron boiler lies on its side. The prospective buyer reported his findings to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) in a Streamlined Cleanup Program (SCP) application. The applicant was notified that conventional DEC oversight would be necessary for cleanup at this site. CSP staff traveled to the site and met with the landowner representative, the prospective buyer and his consultant who authored the Site Assessment. The beach and adjacent upland were searched for contamination sources such as bulk fuel storage tanks. None were found; DEC concluded that the source of the tar-like contaminant found at the edge of the ! beach (Site #3) originated above its present location on decking. Sites #1 and #2 were not examined because their content is determined by laboratory analysis to be non-petroleum putrid solid waste. Sites #1 and #2 are located near a listed salmon stream and a removal action is not allowed at this time.


Current Status


Phase 1 site investigation sampling detected elevated concentrations of PAH compounds in the tar or creosote substance at Site #3; areal extent is about 180 square feet. The tar spill is believed to have originated from a boardwalk on pilings; no upland fuel storage or migration path has been identified. DEC requires cleanup of the tar-like material at Site #3 according to the approved cleanup plan; field screening will be used to guide the extent of removal for off-site remedial treatment. Sediment removal from Sites #1 and #2 in the intertidal are not required by petroleum regulation but if a nuisance based removal action of the putrid solid waste material is planned then it must be coordinated and permitted with Department of Natural Resource Alaska Coastal Management Programs and conducted according to the DEC approved plan.

This site has been closed. See glossary for more about site closure.



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Site #3 is on the shoreline shading the water at the center of the photograph; Loring is at the upper left; a listed salmon stream is at the lower right off the tip of the airplane pontoon.


Just upland of Site #3 is a concrete foundation and a large boiler; the empty barrels are believed to have been left by the residents of a floathouse that was recently removed from the shoreline where the Site Assessment was conducted.

Site #3 contamination begins at the upper beach and extends toward the boiler unit.