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Lead Paint Abatement

Charlie Barracks lpaOn June 3, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Pacific Regional Director authorized initiation of an expanded Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis to further delineate the nature and extent of the release of lead contamination at Midway Atoll, develop and evaluate removal action alternatives, and implement an appropriate alternative by July 2011. The Department of the Interior’s Central Hazardous Materials Fund is providing $1.4 million for examining the extent of contamination, developing removal alternatives and associated cleanup costs, and initiating an approved response action. Cleanup activities will be conducted under the authority of Section 104 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund). We anticipate the response action will be carried out over several years.

Studies conducted by USFWS and others at Sand Island between the late 1980s and 2009, have shown that Laysan albatross chicks exhibited symptoms of lead toxicity and that their exposure is likely related to ingestion of lead-based paint (LBP) chips and soil contaminated with LBP chips. The primary source of the paint chips that contaminate the soil where the albatross nest is the buildings and structures on Sand Island, some of which date back to the early 1900s.

From 2005 to February 2010, FWS remediated 24 of the 95 buildings with LBP and spent approximately $841,000 in direct costs. This includes American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding received in Fiscal Year 2009, to restore seven historic Officer Quarters, which included the total removal of all LBP from the interior and the encapsulation of all lead-based paint on the exterior.

The Administrative (Record) for this response is located at the FWS Division of Engineering, Region 1, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232 and at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-231, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850. The Record is available for public inspection during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions about this action, please contact Carlton Morris in Portland, Oregon (503) 231-6143 or carlton_morris@fws.gov.

Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for Removal of Lead-based Paint at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

A study released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service evaluates six alternatives for cleaning up lead-based paint contamination that poses a threat to Laysan albatross chicks at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The preferred alternative calls for removing lead-based paint and/or asbestos siding from the buildings, “encapsulating” the buildings by repainting them with safe paint, excavating contaminated soils, and installing a soil barrier and cap.

For more information, click on the links below.

Legal Notice - Notice of Lead Cleanup at Midway Atoll NWR

News Release - Study assesses lead-based paint cleanup at Midway Atoll NWR

Midway Administrative Record Index  

Midway Administrative Record

AR007 - Statement of Work, Midway NWR Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis
AR008 - Task Order Proposal/RFQ #101819Q716, Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis for Lead in Soil, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, File No. 0758-145-00
AR009 - Ecological Risk Assessment for Lead in Soil and Laysan Albatross Chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
AR0010 - Center for Biological Diversity Notice of Intent to Sue
AR0011 - Statement of Work for Proposed Additional Scope of Work in the EE/CA at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
AR0012 - Combined Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection Report, Midway Atoll NWR, Sand Island Project, Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
AR0013 - Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Work Plan, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Midway Island
AR0014 - Approval Memorandum for Expanding an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis to Develop Proposed Non-Time-Critical Removal Action Alternatives
AR0015 - Notice of Lead Cleanup at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
AR0016 - Letter from University of California, Santa Cruz to U.S. Department of the Interior
AR0017 - Letter from Island Conservation to U.S. Department of the Interior
AR0018 - Letter from USFWS Region 1 Director to Gerald Winegrad
AR0019 - Notice of Lead Cleanup at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
AR0020 - Lead Poisoning of Midway Albatross Must End, Says ABC
AR0021 - Midway CERCLA Letter to Interested Parties
AR0022 - NAF Midway SI Report, Volume I, Part 1of 3
AR0023 - NAF Midway SI Report, Volume I, Part 2 of 3
AR0024 - NAF Midway SI Report, Volume I, Part 3 of 3
AR0025 - NAF Midway SI Report, Volume II, Appendices
AR0026 - NAF Midway Island BRAC Cleanup Report
AR0027 - NAF Midway Island Land Use Restrictions
AR0028 - Midway Island Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Survey Report, Book 1
AR0029 - Midway Island Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Survey Report, Book 2
AR0030 - Midway Island Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Survey Report, Book 3
AR0031 - Midway Island Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Survey Report, Book 4
AR0032 - NAF Midway Island RI Report (Draft) Volume I
AR0033 - NAF Midway Island RI Report (Draft) Volume II, Appendices
AR0034 - NAF Midway Island Abbreviated RI Report (Draft) for the Active and Abandoned Housing Areas
AR0035 - Memorandum of Agreement between USFWS and Hawaii SHPO Regarding Salvaging and Dismantling Three Commercial Pacific Cable Company Buildings 
AR0036 - GeoEngineers Report on Midway Atoll Lead Poisoning Remediation
AR0037 - Midway Atoll Laysan Duck Necropsies, Report 1 of 3
AR0038 - Midway Atoll Laysan Duck Necropsies, Report 2 of 3
AR0039 - Midway Atoll Laysan Duck Necropsies, Report 3 of 3
AR0040 - Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan for Naval Air Facility, Midway Island
AR0041 - Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Management Plan
AR0042 - Midway EE/CA Report
AR0043 - Midway EE/CA Fact Sheet
AR0044 - Midway EE/CA Availability Legal Notice
AR0045 - State of Hawaii DLNR-HPD EE/CA Comments
AR0046 - Barbara Maxfield EE/CA Comments
AR0047 - Gerald Winegrad EE/CA Comments
AR0048 - American Bird Conservancy EE/CA Comments
AR0049 - Myra Finkelstein EE/CA Comments
AR0050 - Center for Biological Diversity EE/CA Comments
AR0051 - Robert Peyton EE/CA Comments
AR0052 - California Audubon EE/CA Comments
AR0054 - Midway Response to Comments
AR0055 - Midway Action Memo
AR0058 - Purdue Paper Meactite
AR0059 - Advances in Sciences - The Meactite Process
AR0060 - Meactite SUPERFUND XV
AR0061 - Community Relations Plan
AR0062 - Midway RAWP Final
AR0063 - 2011 Annual Report CERCLA Non-time Critical Removal Action
AR0064 - Archaeological Investigations at the Commercial Pacific Cable Company Station and Marine Barracks, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
AR0065 - End of Field Letter for Contract F11PX05662 Data Recovery Excavations and Monitoring at the commercial Pacific Cable Station on Midway Atoll
AR0066 - 2012 Annual Report CERCLA Non-time Critical Removal Action
AR0067 - 2013 Annual Report

 

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2014
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