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Tribal Response Program

Brownfields

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

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The Goal

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.

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Helpful Information

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.

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 Where can I find more about the EPA?

The link below will redirect you to the EPA website

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How can I report a contaminated site?

Follow the link below to a survey for the possibly contaminated lands

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Inventory Map

OVK Public Records

  • 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)

  • 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)


For information on this projects, please contact OVK Brownfields Coordinator Eric Rhodes by email at brownfields@kasaan.org

NOTICE

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.

Brownfields Coordinator

Eric Rhodes

brownfields@kasaan.org

(907) 617-2397

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