EPA ID# AKD004904215
EPA Region 10
Fairbanks North Star Borough

1st Congressional District

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Last Update: September, 2012

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Alaska Battery Enterprises was a battery recycling facility of about 1 acre in size which operated from the early 1960s until about 1988. It is located approximately 1 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska, in a light industrial and residential area. The City of Fairbanks has a population of approximately 22,600. There are 12 schools within three miles of the site. Wetlands covering more than five acres are located within 1/2 mile to the northeast of the facility. The primary contaminant of concern at the site was high concentrations of lead in the soil. This lead contamination was released by disposing battery acid directly into the soil, and through the practice of burying used battery casings in the ground.

Site Responsibility: This site has been addressed through Federal actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:06/24/1988
Removed Date:
Withdrawal Date:
Final Date:03/31/1989
Deleted Date:07/26/1996

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Media Affected: Soil & Sludges
The soil was contaminated with lead that had been released from the activities at the battery yard. There was a potential risk to people from direct contact with or accidental ingestion of the contaminated soil. The groundwater was not contaminated; however, there was a potential for the lead from the soil to move into the groundwater since the groundwater is shallow and the soil is permeable.

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Early Actions: In the summers of 1988 and 1989, EPA conducted an emergency response action. Under this action, EPA excavated about 4,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with lead exceeding 1,000 ppm and disposed of it in a hazardous waste disposal facility in Utah.

In the summer of 1992, an innovative soil washing technology was demonstrated at the site through the Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. The soil washing demonstration treated approximately 130 cubic yards of remaining lead-contaminated soil. A “no further action” Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in March, 1993. This ROD required two additional years of groundwater monitoring to confirm that groundwater was not contaminated with lead. In 1995, this additional monitoring was completed and indicated that ground water was not contaminated.

The site was deleted from the NPL on July 26, 1996.

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SITE MANAGER(S):Sandra Halstead
PHONE NUMBER:907-271-1218
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (Administrative Record)
1001 Noble Street, Suite 350
Fairbanks, AK 99701