Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Sitka Waste-to-Energy Facility

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Status: Active Database Name: Sitka Waste to Energy Facility
Location:Corner of Jeff Davis Street and Sawmill Creek Road, Sitka, AK Latitude/Longitude See database entry
DEC Contaminated Sites Contact: William Janes, Project Manager – 907-465-5208

Incinerator building.

Municipal incinerator building in 1994.


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Former municipal incinerator site.



Sitka ’s former municipal incinerator, located on Sheldon Jackson College property, was operated as a “waste-to-energy” facility from 1985 to 2000. In addition to the former facility, a separate boiler and associated fuel tanks, operated by Sheldon Jackson College, may have contributed to contamination in the area.


At DEC’s direction, a City and Borough of Sitka contractor conducted two rounds of site characterization when the facility was decommissioned in 2000. A human health and ecological risk assessment was initiated in late 2002. Additional sampling occurred with this project.


Public Health and Environmental Concerns


Operation of the former facility and past waste handling practices have been linked to the detection of metals and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) at concentrations greater than DEC residential cleanup standards within onsite and offsite soils and an adjacent wetland area.


Current Status


DEC approved the risk assessment in December 2004. Human health and ecological risks are within acceptable levels for current use. Cleanup is not under consideration at this time; land use controls will ensure that future human exposure to residual contaminaition is minimized.


More Information


  • Final Risk Assessment, July 2004 (PDF 1.61M)