City settles with state on costs of Kincaid Park lead cleanup

Rosemary Shinohara
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation photo

The city of Anchorage has reached a settlement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to cover the state's costs for overseeing clean-up of lead contamination at Kincaid Park, city parks director John Rodda says.

The contamination was discovered at an old biathlon range in the park as workers were developing the new soccer stadium there in 2008.

The area had been polluted from years of bullets. Lead can cause brain, blood and kidney damage.

It was cleaned up in 2011, and was given a clean bill of health last May, Rodda said.

The city and other parties were potentially responsible for $160,245 that the state spent watchdogging the clean-up, but under the settlement agreement, the city will pay the state only $90,000, Rodda said.

That covers everyone associated with the remediation, he said: the city, the nonprofit Kincaid Project Group, Roger Hickel Construction, Land Design North and Shannon & Wilson Inc.

"We're anticipating reimbursement from the parties," Rodda said.

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday approved the payment to the state.

Rodda said there's another settlement agreement among all the parties involved, but it's not fulfilled yet, and he can't talk about it.

The entire cost of cleaning up the field was more than $1 million, Rodda said.

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