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Summary Information
(last updated on: 4/13/2018 11:55:40 AM)
(Aug. 2007) The site is a former Air Force Station/Radar Base in Harney County. The primary concern at this site was the threat of release of friable asbestos from deteriorating and abandoned buildings, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in surface and near-surface soils. DEQ requested help from EPA to for a removal action to remove unsafe buildings, asbestos, and PCB-contaminated soil, which was necessary to stabilize the site. EPA performed a time critical removal at the site in June and October 2004. The removal was performed to mitigate the threats of CERCLA hazardous substances at the site, including asbestos and PCBs. The site consisted of approximately 25 buildings in various states of disrepair. EPA abated the site buildings of friable asbestos containing material (ACM), demolished the site buildings, segregated the demolition debris into ACM debris and non-ACM debris, and excavated and removed several sections of an ACM steam line. All asbestos abatement work was performed by a state certified abatement contractor. EPA also removed PCB-contaminated soil and steel from specific locations on site. Following excavation, the area was backfilled to the original grade with two to six feet of soil from elsewhere on the site. The waste streams and approximate quantities disposed of from the site included: 20.5 tons of friable ACM; 357 tons of ACM debris; 534 yd3 of demolition debris (non-ACM); and 200 tons of PCB-contaminated soil and debris. Additionally, approximately 65 tons of non-contaminated metal scrap was taken off site by a metal recycler. EPA documents can be found at EPA's Removal Program website, the link for which is shown below. DEQ completed several rounds of picking up ACM from the surface of the ground at the site in 2008 and 2011.
General Site Information
Site: Burns Air Force Station (ECSI Site ID: 1703) CERCLIS (EPA) Id0001096957
Project Manager: N/A - Project currently unassigned. Investigative Status:Contamination Suspected
PM Phone: NPL(National Priority Listing):No
Address: 23S/30E/S20 Is this site an Orphan?Yes
Burns, 97720 Is this site a brownfield?No
County: HARNEY Action Underway or Needed: Site Confirmatory Sampling recommended
Region: Eastern Region Click for more details ...  
Site Documents
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File NameCategory File Size MB Document Date Upload Date
DEQ response to Corps' request for 'NDAI' at Burns AFS (6-2-08).pdf Correspondence 0.1071 8/25/2014
Burns AFS Orphan Declaration.pdf Memos 0.2124 6/25/2003 8/3/2018
1703_Burns_AFB_EPA_final_report_Dec2004.pdf Reports 3.1100 3/5/2012
1703_Burns_AFB_Abatement_Report_Nov_2011.pdf Reports 1.4455 8/21/2012
1703_Burns_AFB_Abatement_Report_Nov_2008.pdf Reports 2.8836 11/25/2008 12/28/2017
Site Links
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EPA Removal Program website This link provides details on EPA's removal activities at the site, focused on asbestos.

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View of former base from radar platform. 1703 5-20-1998
View of former base. 1703 5-20-1998
View South along main entrance road. 1703 8-28-2003
Asbestos covered boiler. 1703 8-28-2003
Asbestos covered piping. 1703 8-28-2003
Fire damaged quonset hut with asbestos. 1703 8-28-2003
Asbestos floor tiles. 1703 8-28-2003
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