ACAT FOIA Repository 5

Document: ACAT FOIA Repository 5, Date Received July 2023
Year: December 1997
Pages: 344
Document Title: Final Investigation of Geophysical Anomaly Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Agency/Organization: Montgomery Watson (contractor from Anchorage of the U.S. Department of Defense)

Document Summary:
The report is a contracted request by the US Army Engineer District, Alaska (Alaska District), for Montgomery Watson to investigate a geophysical anomaly reported to be buried transformers located near the only active drinking water supply in the village of Gambell, Sivaquq (St. Lawrence Island, Alaska). The report includes local training, meetings, lab results, and final work done: "The field investigation summarized in this report demonstrated that the geophysical anomalies noted in earlier investigations at Site 5 were caused by non-hazardous metallic debris consisting of cable, empty drums used for tramway anchor points, and Quonset hut roofing material. An intact military-type battery was also found. No transformers were found at the investigated geophysical anomalies or in a supplementary metal detection scan of the area. All debris from Site 5 (with the exception of deeply buried non-hazardous anchor points) was removed from the island. Three transformers within the drainage area of the village water supply were also removed."




Chambers, Mark, Gretchen Gehrke, Pam Miller, Chris Sellers, Jessica Varner, and Vi Waghiyi, "ACAT FOIA Repository 5," ACAT/EDGI FOIA Repository, Alaska: Environmental Data & Governance Initiative and Community Against Toxics, 2023.

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