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Cleanup project will help villagers in
Anaktuvuk Pass remove 50-year-old
fuel containers left by military

Daily News-Miner [Fairbanks, AK], by Tim Mowry

Original Article

Posted By:wydleyred, 5/12/2013 6:26:09 PM

Fairbanks - The rusty 55-gallon barrels sit on the tundra near Chandler Lake in the middle of the Brooks Range like a caribou herd scattered across the landscape, surrounded by rugged, snow-capped 6,000- and 7,000-foot-high peaks. Unlike caribou, rusty barrels don’t feed the people of Anaktuvuk Pass, and they aren’t nearly as nice to look at, which is why residents in the village in the Brooks Range 250 miles northeast of Fairbanks want them gone. The fuel drums, an estimated 130 of them, have been sitting there for more than 50 years, left by the Department of Defense

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Ten years ago a remote Native American village sought removal of old military waste from its lands. At least 4 federal agencies are involved in this bureaucratic crawl. The job will cost $440,000, but only 1/4 of that will go to the Native Americans who will do the actual removal work!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chumley, 5/12/2013 7:11:50 PM     (No. 9323347)

In the early 90´s they removed thousands of such barrels from the tundra near King Salmon, Alaska. They were all stenciled with dates from the 1950´s and "Operation Mona Lisa". Never did figure out what that was about. Some were marked for piston engines, some jets.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Muggins, 5/12/2013 7:40:14 PM     (No. 9323365)

Much too much money for such a small project. No need to fly the barrels to some other location. Even if the barrels weren´t cut up, they´d fit into a 2 car garage, stacked 2 levels high. Cutting them up, by using oxy-acetylene torches, the greatly reduced volume of the scrap would be easily buried in a very small pit. Govt. does love to spend money. They´re good at it. Just how much did it cost them to study if for 2 years?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grambo, 5/12/2013 7:52:19 PM     (No. 9323375)

#2, cutting up a fuel drum with an acetylene torch is not a good idea.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: noddy, 5/12/2013 7:57:31 PM     (No. 9323380)

Just leave it until like Hanford it becomes a truly expensive danger. Why the heck is the government expected to clear up their messes? Maybe some native kids will play around there, get hurt, and the government can ignore that too.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 5/12/2013 8:38:26 PM     (No. 9323433)

Just let them be. They´ll rust away some day.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 5/12/2013 8:44:21 PM     (No. 9323439)

Must be a slow news day. I have a 50 gallon drum in my garage filled with nails and old screws. Having a hard time getting rid of it. Where can I send this important news story?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: realrep, 5/12/2013 9:53:22 PM     (No. 9323512)

#6 Weld them together into unique object d´art to sell at art galleries. Your trash is someone else´s treasure. Are you near Augusta GA? I know a high school boy who can use them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: xcenturion, 5/13/2013 12:43:11 AM     (No. 9323663)

This should cost the taxpayers about 10 million dollars, don´t you think?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/13/2013 3:18:10 AM     (No. 9323727)

Ten years to remove hundreds of fuel containers? By the same government that goes crazy over the tiniest infraction by a taxpayer (remember the couple in Montana being tortured by the EPA over their homesite?)

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