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Old School Fire


Petroleum, Possible other contaminants



DEC Database


61.531203 & -166.100825

Problem Severity


Current Use


Redevelopment Plan


Past Work on Site

First entered YRITWC database in 2006. The Sea Lion Corporation of Hooper Bay applied to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a DEC Brownfield Assessment (DBA) during the spring 2008 DBA request period. The old Hooper Bay school and surrounding buildings were destroyed in a fire on August 3, 2006. The only building remaining is the teacher housing, located on the Northwest side of the site. Several private residences on the South side of the school site were also destroyed. Hydrocarbon contamination was documented in a November 21, 2006 report for the Lower Yukon School District (Restoration Science and Engineering, 2006). Selected excavation and characterization in September 2006 were the subject of this report, which concluded that fuel contamination in soil near two former aboveground storage tank (AST) locations remains above DEC cleanup levels (spill reports were submitted to DEC in November 2006--see above). The Alaska Department of Natural Resources recently conveyed the property via quit claim deed to the Lower Yukon School District (LYSD), which in turn intends to transfer it to the Sea Lion Corporation, who will lease it to the Alaska Commercial Company (ACC) for construction and operation of a new Native retail store for the village. Satisfactory cleanup to enable reuse of the site is required to make this project successful. The legal description for the Subject Property is U.S. Survey 2206 and U.S. Survey 4052, Lots 1 and 3. LYSD currently holds title to the property.

More info can be found on the DEC website 


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