Tribal Response Program
The Organized Village of Kasaan established its Brownfields Program to identify and clean up possibly contaminated sites in the Kasaan Bay Watershed.
So far, we have identified 35 areas of concern. The sites consist of abandoned mines and prospects
The basis of our Environmental program is the concern of our clean water and contaminated lands. We have over 35 mines in our area that pose a risk of contamination in the form of runoff from mine tailing. We also have concerns about petroleum contamination due to old canneries and logging areas. Our focus is on outreach and education for the town and surrounding communities to prevent any further contamination.
Some of the main projects we have been working on are:
The Prince of Wales Island-Wide Mining Symposium has happened every year for the past 9 years.
Educating the kids at the schools about contamination through Earth Day presentations.
E-waste collection and other community gatherings and booths.
We are also working with the Alaska DEC on assessing some contaminated properties.
What are Brownfields?
Brownfields are abandoned, unused, or underused properties that are hindered from desired reuse or redevelopment by real or perceived environmental contamination. A brownfield can be anything from a 200-acre industrial property, to an old lumber mill, or a small abandoned corner gas station.
Where can I find more about the EPA?
The link below will redirect you to the EPA website
How can I report a contaminated site?
Follow the link below to a survey for the possibly contaminated lands
OVK Public Records
Former Kavilco Bunk House - Kasaan- Lat. 55.536802 Long. -132.396433 Owner - Kavilco, Cleanup Complete, 06/16/14 no IC's, petroleum (.52 acres)
Rush and Brown lat. 55.625976 Long. -132.588170, Owner - USFS, DEC Contaminated Site, (9 acres)
Ross Adams Mine- Lat. 55-907778 Long. -132.137778, Owner - USFS, DEC contaminated site, (17.2 acres)
Lat. 55.539 Long. -132.407 , Owner- OVK, petroleum, (.0046 acres)
Kasaan Library - Lat. 55.539666 Long. -132.404376, Owner - Southeast Island School District, Asbestos, (.022 acres)
Thorne Bay Old Fire Hall - Lat. 55.684928 Long. -132.522440, Owner - City of Thorne Bay, asbestos and petroleum (.1333acres)
Hadley Smelter – Latitude 55.535579 Longitude -132.285752, Owner- HRG Group, Copper, other metals (unknown acreage)
Discovery Campus Kasaan – Latitude 55.538580 Longitude -132.406624, Owner- OVK, petroleum (0.15 acres)
For information on this projects, please contact OVK Brownfields Coordinator Eric Rhodes by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This portion of the Organized Village of Kasaan web site was developed and maintained under Assistant Agreements awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed are solely those of the OVK, and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.