Future Soccer Field to be Cleared of Hazardous Waste

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A hazardous waste situation at a future Anchorage soccer field has produced a consent agreement between the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the municipality and three other entities.

Thursday, the city, Kincaid Project Group, Land Design North and Roger Hickel Contracting, Incorporated  agreed to complete the clean up of lead-contaminated soil at the Kincaid Park site and to submit a cleanup plan to EPA within 90 days.

According to the EPA, contractors for the soccer field  moved lead contaminated soil from the site of the  shooting range which operated in the park between 1988 and 2007.  The construction generated approximately 30 tons of lead contaminated hazardous waste soil and debris.  The EPA says the material was disposed of without treatment or proper testing.

The EPA charges the shooting range was contaminated with lead soil levels ranging as high as 68,000 parts per million.  Lead contamination  was  disturbed and spread over approximately four acres.

Under yesterday’s settlement, the parties agreed to pay a more than $63,000 penalty for violations of federal hazardous waste management rules.

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