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Ketchikan Pulp Company


For questions about this site, please call EPA’s main number at 206-553-1200 or 800-424-4372 and ask the operator to connect you with the Unit Manager for Site Cleanup Unit 1.

You may also contact the State's project manager, Evonne Reese (, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 907-465-5229.

Where you can find documents

Some site documents are available online below. Other site documents are available at:

  • Ketchikan Public Library
    1110 Copper Ridge Lane
    Ketchikan, AK 99901
  • Juneau ADEC Office
    410 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 303
    Juneau, AK 99811
  • Region 10 Superfund Records Center
    1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
    Seattle, WA 98101
    206-553-4494 (please call for an appointment)

Site Summary

The Ketchikan Pulp Company (KPC) site is located on the shoreline of Ward Cove, near Ketchikan, Alaska. KPC formerly operated a pulp mill on the upland area and discharged to Ward Cove.  Contaminants in the upland area included lead, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), arsenic, and petroleum compounds. Contaminated soils were removed and EPA placed long-term controls on the property to restrict uses at the property to industrial uses.

In the bottom sediments in Ward Cove, the contaminants are ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and 4-methylphenol. EPA dredged about three acres of sediments in Ward Cove, capped about 27 acres with a thin layer of clean material, and left another 50 acres of contaminated sediments to recover naturally.

The upland and marine sediment cleanups were completed between 1998 and 2001. All remedies at the site are protective of human health and the environment.

Five-Year Reviews

Five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that remedial actions continue to be protective of human health and the environment.

Uplands Operable Unit Documents

Marine Operable Unit (Ward Cove) Documents

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