Brownfields Public Record

Public Record

The following is a list of work completed by the Water Resources Ground Water Program since its inception in fiscal year (FY) 2002. Work has been funded through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA, two sites), responsible parties (6 sites), EPA’s LUST TRUST Program (8 sites), voluntary cleanups by property owners (9 sites), Targeted Brownfields Assessments by EPA (2 sites) and Superfund Technical Assessment & Response Team Contracts (START) by EPA (1 Site).

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FY 2022

The following list of sites is planned to be addressed by the tribal response program in the coming year. The Nez Perce Tribe owns all:

  • Blue North Mill, Kamiah, ID: continued Phase II ESA activities on the 140-acre parcel.
  • Husky Sports, Orofino, ID: a Phase I ESA will be conducted at this historical fueling station.
  • Spalding Mill, Lapwai, ID: Phase II ESA including surface soil sampling at a residence near the eastern site entrance.
  • Fort Lapwai, Lapwai, ID: Development of bid specifications for hazardous building materials abatement, and oversight of preliminary engineering report for water system replacement.
  • TU-45, Orofino, ID: Development of a reuse plan for the site.
  • Orofino Asbestos Repository, Orofino ID – continued oversight
  • Riverside Asbestos Repository Unit, Orofino ID – continued oversight

FY 2021

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe has worked on in FY 2021

Blue North Mill Site, 283 Woodland Road, Kamiah, ID –

  • The property is approximately 140 acres in size. Hazardous substances were found in buildings and areas near buildings throughout the site.
  • January 2021: Removed approximately ten cubic yards of asbestos-containing material from an office building (Building 1) at the site, in order to begin remodeling the building.
  • December 2020: Gave guidance to the Office of Executive Direction regarding the implementation of Institutional Controls at the site, including fencing around debris piles and restrictions on soil disturbance on the north side of Building 6A and along all four walls of Buildings 15 A and B, due to surface soil samples detecting lead above EPA Regional Screening levels for industrial properties.
  • August – September 2021: Conducted Phase II surface soil and subsurface investigation. This included:
    • Subsurface soil sampling in Log Yard and Boiler Ash Stockpile footprint.
    • Located test pits and test pit excavation.
    • Performed two slug tests on wells.
    • Drilled two boreholes and installed monitoring wells.
    • Sampled groundwater in four wells.
  • Ongoing: Coordinating with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Enterprises, Office of Executive Direction, and Climate Change and Energy Subcommittees to develop redevelopment plans, timelines, and incorporate community involvement in analysis of brownfield cleanup alternatives.

Ft. Lapwai, 271 B. Street, Lapwai, ID –

  • January 2021: Received final Fort Lapwai Phase II ESA report from EPA.
  • Ongoing: Working with Office of Executive Direction and Tribal Leadership to identify funding sources to conduct hazardous material abatement before progress can move forward on reclaiming the property as a new Tribal Governance Center.
  • Institutional Controls: Due to extensive hazardous materials at the site, doors and windows to three of the four buildings have been boarded over, and extensive signage and fencing put up to discourage trespassers. The East Building has been renovated and is currently being used by the Nez Perce Tribe’s Adult Education Department.

Former Clearwater/Potlatch lumber mill, Spalding, ID –

  • Summer 2020: coordinated with Tribal Enterprises to conduct geophysical surveys using electromagnetics and ground-penetrating radar to locate two abandoned Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) thought to be present on the site. No presence of the USTs was detected during the survey, however, an underground utility vault (used to store large electric transformers) was found near the US-95 right-of-way.
  • July 2021: Met with Tribal Enterprises and engineers to discuss the development of the site. The development of a Water System Plan has been prioritized.
  • The property is within the boundaries of the regional Grande Ronde Aquifer, an EPA-designated Sole Source Aquifer (SSA). Due to the threats to water quality and quantity within a SSA, we are advising Tribal Enterprises on redevelopment options and necessary protections required by EPA for development within the Grande Ronde SSA.

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2020

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe has worked on in FY 2020

Blue North Mill Site, Kamiah, ID – conducted Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for Hazardous Building Materials of 17 remaining structures and received cost estimate for abatement.

Exploring options for no-cost demolition, following abatement, by reclaiming timbers in some of the old mill buildings.

Preparing for Phase II ESA of soil and groundwater contamination associated with residual petroleum products and a boiler system ash stock pile for early 2021.

Coordinating with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Enterprises, Office of Executive Direction, and Climate Change and Energy Subcommittees to develop redevelopment plans, timelines, and incorporate community involvement in analysis of brownfield cleanup alternatives.

Ft. Lapwai, Lapwai, ID – accepted in EPA’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program in 2019. In summer 2020, EPA contractors performed Phase II ESA activities on the former BIA/Indian Boarding School/Tuberculosis Hospital/Lapwai School District buildings for Hazardous Building Materials and provided a cost estimate for abatement.

Soil and groundwater samples were taken to identify any petroleum plume migration from the Lapwai School Bus Bar property.

Working with Office of Executive Direction and Tribal Leadership to identify funding sources to conduct hazardous material abatement before progress can move foward on reclaiming the property as a new Tribal Governance Center.

Former Clearwater/Potlatch lumber mill, Spalding, ID – Updated Phase I ESA, reviewing 2004 and 2012 Phase I ESA findings. In summer 2020, coordinated with Tribal Enterprises to conduct geophysical surveys using electromagnetics and ground penetrating radar to locate two abandoned Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) thought to be present on the site. No presence of the USTs were detected during the survey, however a underground utility vault (used to store large electric transformers) was found near the US-95 rigth-of-way.

The property is within the boundaries of the regional Grande Ronde Aquifer, an EPA-designated Sole Source Aquifer (SSA). Due to the threats to water quality and quantity within a SSA, we are advising Tribal Enterprises on redevelopement options and necessary protections required by EPA for development within the Grande Ronde SSA.

Proposed Waste Transfer Station, Kooskia, ID – In 2018, Simmons Sanitation proposed a new waste transfer station on private land, within the 1863 Reservation boundary, near the mouth of the South Fork Clearwater River. While the proposed site is behind the US Army Corps of Engineers-maintained leeve system, it is still within the 100-yr flood plain and is subject to frequent inundation of flood waters, particularly during spring high water flows. The waste transfer station would include recycling and househould hazardous waste options for the residents of Kooskia, a service that is currently not provided. The Nez Perce Brownfields Team has been working closely with IDEQ, who has regulatory authority over transfer station plans and operations, to ensure transparency and community member concens is honored through the permitting process.

Househould hazardous waste would only be stored temporaily at the transfer station in a “rolling-hazmat” truck, allowing for timely disposal at Simmons Kamiah landfill and elimnate the risk of household hazardous wastes being caught in flood waters.

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2019

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe will work on during FY 2019.

2018

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during during FY 2018.

2017

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during during FY 2017.

  • Orofino Asbestos Repository, Orofino ID
  • Blue North Saw Mill, Kamiah ID
  • Orofino Rodeo Grounds and Best Western Hotel, Orofino ID
  • Ft. Lapwai, Lapwai, ID
  • Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn, Lapwai ID
  • Richardson/Riverside Sawmill (TU45), Orofino ID
  • Hunt Oil, Orofino ID
  • Thunderbird II, Lapwai ID
  • Thunderbird IV, Lenore ID

2016

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during during FY 2016.

  • Hwy 12, MP 62, Spill remediation
  • Spalding Mill, Spalding ID
  • Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn, Lapwai ID
  • Richardson/Riverside Sawmill (TU45), Orofino ID
  • Hunt Oil, Orofino ID

2015

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during during FY 2015.

2014

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during during FY 2014.

  • Westgate/Kinzer Farm, Lapwai, ID
  • Clearwater County Road Dept., Orofino, ID
  • Richardson/Riverside Sawmill (TU-45), Orofino, ID
  • Hunt Oil, Orofino, ID
  • Spalding Mill Site, Spalding, ID
  • Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn, Lapwai, ID
  • Orofino Rodeo Grounds, Orofino, ID

 2013

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during FY 2013.

  • Westgate/Kinzer Farm, Lapwai, ID
  • Richardson/Riverside Sawmill (TU-45), Orofino, ID
  • McCoy’s Cash Grocery, Kooskia, ID
  • Hunt Oil, Orofino, ID
  • Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn, Lapwai, ID
  • MP 132 Hwy 12, Lochsa River, ID
  • BGCM Railroad, Orofino, ID
  • Clearwater County Road Dept., Orofino, ID
  • Spalding Mill Site, Spalding, ID
  • Best Western Hotel, Orofino, ID
  • Orofino Rodeo Grounds, Orofino, ID
  • Thomason Chemical, Craigmont, ID
  • Thunderbird Smoke Shop, Culdesac, ID

2012

The following is a list of sites that the Tribe worked on during FY 2012.

  • Craigmont Trap Range, Craigmont, ID
  • Craigmont Shell, Craigmont, ID
  • Westgate/Kinzer Farm, Lapwai, ID
  • Richardson/Riverside Sawmill (TU-45), Orofino, ID
  • McCoy’s Cash Grocery, Kooskia, ID
  • Hunt Oil, Orofino, ID
  • Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn, Lapwai, ID
  • MP 132 Hwy 12, Lochsa River, ID
  • Ferdinand Service Station, Ferdinand, ID
  • Winchester Hotel, Winchester ID

A comprehensive record of all work by the Response Program
by Town or Area:

 AHSAHKA, ID

DJ’s Northfork Service

Kling & Peel

Rainbow Tavern

Tommy Samuels Garage

 CRAIGMONT, ID

Bovey Oil Company

Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union

Craigmont Air Service

Craigmont Shell

Craigmont Trap Range

Thomason Chemical

US Timber Company

Western Farm Service

 CULDESAC, ID

Thunderbird Smoke Shop

Heitstuman Ranch Company

Herndon Farms

Leo Hasenoehrl

 FERDINAND, ID

Ferdinand Service Station

Pacific Cabinets Inc

 KAMIAH, ID

Flying B Ranch

Pit Stop

 KOOSKIA, ID

Kam-Koo Flying Club

McCoy’s Cash Grocery

 LAPWAI, ID

BIA Compound Building #9

Lapwai School Dist. Bus Barn

Nez Perce County Road Department

Thunderbird IV

Yellow Wolf

 NEZ PERCE, ID

Bell Equipment

Millers Garage

Stacey Lorentz (also known as Al Ralstin residence)

 OROFINO, ID

Atkinson Distributing

Best Western Hotel

BGCM Railroad

Clearwater County Road Dept.,

Hunt Oil

Mobil Oil Tank Farm

Orofino Rodeo Grounds

 OTHER AREAS, ID

MP 132 Hwy 12, Lochsa River

 SPALDING, ID

Spalding Mill Site

 STITES, ID

Bob’s Service Station

Tom’s Repair (aka Tom’s Sinclair)

 WINCHESTER, ID

Winchester Hotel