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Photos: Cleaning up Project Chariot

The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Ken Rissew, superintendent for Tanik Construction, back fills the Charlie Site of the Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Ken Rissew, superintendent for Tanik Construction, pulls flags marking sampling sites in preparation to back filling the Charlie Site of the Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
John Halverson, program manager, contaminated sites program, for the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, talks to reporters at the Project Site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Cody Rissew and Kalen Kolberg take a break in their quarters in base camp at the Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Kalen Kolberg cleans his Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan 44 magnum hand gun in base camp at the Project Chariot site. The workers carry arms to protect against bears in the area. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Kalen Kolberg cleans his Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan 44 magnum hand gun in base camp at the Project Chariot site. The workers carry arms to protect against bears in the area. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
A low weathered fence surrounds a plot of ground near the landing strip at the Cape Thompson Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Tami Floyd, at right, talks with a fellow worker near the gate to the base camp at the Project Chariot site. The gate closes an electric fence around the camp to keep out bears. Floyd is a Medic / Bear Guard working for Fairweather LLC.. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Bryan Johnson and Mike Boese, with Fairbanks Environmental, log there work at the Project Chariot site in a connex at base camp. The pair guide the excavations and take samples of soil for testing at the site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Mike Boese, with Fairbanks Environmental, logs the soil sampling work at the Project Chariot site in a connex at base camp. The pair guide the excavations and take samples of soil for testing at the site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
This cut off drill casing will soon be buried at Charlie Site of the Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
A mosquito buzzes near a caribou skull weathering in the sunshine near the base camp at the Project Chariot site. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Kalen Kolberg checks the bags of contaminated soil in a connex at the Project Chariot site. The connex's will loaded on barges and brought to a facility in the Pacific Northwest. The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
The US Department of Energy conducted a press tour of the Project Chariot Site cleanup activities on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. In the late 50's the US Atomic Energy Commission looked at creating an artificial harbor at Cape Thompson on the shore of the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's North Slope by exploding nuclear bombs to blast out the harbor.
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
Bob Hallinen

CAPE THOMPSON -- At the Project Chariot site, rusted-out pipes, wires and even a rotting fire extinguisher have lain on the tundra for more than 50 years, the last remnants of a plan to blast out a deep-water port in the Northwest Arctic using nuclear explosives.

And those last bits have left people who live in the region frustrated.

"It's a cover-up," said Point Hope Mayor Jack Schaefer, who has long been critical of the government's attempts to clean up the site over the last two decades.

Read more: Project Chariot cleanup proceeds, but community doubts linger