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BROWNSFIELDS PROGRAM

 

STA Interactive Contaminated Sites Map

Click map to explore contaminated sites in the Sheet’ka Kwaan (Sitka area):
Please click the double-arrow for Map Legend



What is a Brownfield? 
Brownfields are sites where use or development is complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances or contaminants. Examples of brownfields include illegal dumps, petroleum spills, structures with lead paint or asbestos, former industrial areas, or abandoned mines. A Brownfield needs to have the potential to be redeveloped or reused. Such redevelopment or reuse could be a community meeting hall, recreational center, or using the property for a community garden, developing affordable housing, or returning the site back to its traditional subsistence use.

STA’s Brownfields/TRP
STA's Brownfields/ Tribal Response Program (better known as the TRP) is focused on protecting and restoring subsistence resource habitat. STA has conducted site visits and collected data to better characterize and prioritize contaminated sites. STA is collaborating with other Tribes, the US EPA, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the US Forest Service, and others to work on contaminated sites in the Sitka area and to problem solve solutions for testing and cleanup.

Our current priorities are:

 

  • Protecting subsistence resource habitat from degradation
  • Testing sites for contaminants where traditional harvesting occurs
  • Maintaining and updating an inventory of potentially contaminated sites
  • Public outreach of what constitutes a brownfield
  • Investigating potential cleanup projects
  • Participating in oil spill response with the Southeast Subregion Response group

Currently, STA is investigating several sites including the Chichagof Mine at Klag Bay, sediments at Starrigavan Bay, and dioxins at Sawmill Cove.



Example of brownfield sites in the Sitka area: The old Chichagof Mine at Klag Bay has abandoned mine facilities, several immense tailings piles leaching contaminants into uplands and water, distressed vegetation, and contaminated shellfish and sediment.



Public Record
Public Record of Brownfield sites (sites with contamination) that have had actions or will have actions in the next year within the Sitka area and the traditional Territory of Sitka Tribe of Alaska. “The Public Record [will] maintain, update not less than annually, and make available to the public a record of sites, by name and location, at which response actions have been completed in the previous year and are planned to be addressed under the Tribe and State program that specifically governs response actions for the protection of public health and the environment in the upcoming year.”

Brownfields Public Record – September 2020

Information found on the Public Record is from the DEC Contaminated Sites Database and more detailed information can be found on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Website.

Submitting a Site to STA Inventory

If anyone is concerned about a potentially contaminated site and wants it on STA’s Brownfield Inventory, please click on the link below to report to STA and fill out the information the best that you can. The more detailed information the better we can determine eligibility for brownfield services.


Contaminated Site Reporting Form

**If you know of a spill that has occurred recently, you are required to report it to the Alaska Department of Environmental Control (ADEC) at 907-465-5340 and the National Response Center at  1-800-424-8802. For more information, please see https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/spill-information/reporting.**

 

Brownfield Links

U.S. EPA Brownfield Homepage: http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields

U.S. EPA Land Revitalization Homepage: http://www2.epa.gov/land-revitalization

Alaska DEC Brownfields Homepage: http://dec.alaskagov/spar/csp/brownfields.htm

 

Center for Creative Land Recycling Website: http://www.cclr.org/

 

FAQ
Brownfield FAQs

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the STA Brownfields Program or if you have a concern about a contaminated site, please email Helen at helen.dangel@sitkatribe-nsn.govor call (907) 747-7168.



This program is funded by the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency