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HIPAS Observatory

NORTECH was selected by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for the decommissioning of the 130-acre High Power Aurora Stimulation (HIPAS) Observatory in Two Rivers, Alaska.  


The facility was constructed on land leased from the University of Alaska (UA) and had  approximately a dozen research buildings, including a liquid mirror telescope (mercury), an antenna array for atmospheric heating, a powerhouse with two 1.2 MW generators, and a boneyard for discarded equipment and vehicles.


From 2010 through 2012, NORTECH worked with UCLA to demolish all structures and remove all surface debris, including more than 8,000 pounds of capacitors, half a dozen large transformers, thousands of pounds of electronic equipment, a wide range of research chemicals, 150 tons of petroleum contaminated soil, and 15 cubic yards of mercury contaminated soil.


Based on the assessment and subsequent cleanup activities, the site now meets the cleanup levels for all contaminants of concern and has been released for unconditional land use by ADEC, allowing UCLA to terminate the lease with UA.