Army Corps of Engineers is back in Kodiak cleaning up contaminated
military sites. The Formerly Used Defense Sites, or FUDS, program, has been
cleaning Army, Navy and Coast Guard sites around Kodiak for more than a decade.
Peyton, a project manager with the Corps of Engineers Alaska District, gave an
update to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly at its Thursday night meeting:
-- (FUDS 1 10
Lower 48 or remediating it.”)
over 6-thousand tons of soil contaminated over the years will be removed this
-- (FUDS 2 30
under the control of the Coast Guard.”)
In the last
10-plus years, the Corps has excavated, cleaned or disposed of about
125-thousand tons of contaminated soil in Kodiak area. The sites are cleaned
either by digging up and “cooking” the contaminates out of the soil in
furnaces, remediated in place by injecting oxygen into the ground to promote
the growth of contaminant-eating microbes, or shipped off the island for
disposal in certified landfills in the Lower 48.
The Corps of Engineers, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, along
with Jacobs Engineering of Anchorage, have been working on Kodiak FUDS programs
for a dozen years.