Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Action Line listeners were updated on the ongoing effort to remove the defunct tugboat Lumberman from Gastineau Channel where it is anchored on state-owned tidelands.
While the state has seemingly ignored the derelict vessel, City and Borough of Juneau officials are actively looking for ways to remove.
The department put out a request for information asking for suggestions on how to proceed. What came to the fore was the suggestion to scuttle the vessel.
Harbormaster Dave Borg said he has had a conversation with the Environmental Protection Agency about that approach. He was told that while the EPA would approve such a process, oversight of its execution would be done by the Coast Guard. So Borg said he's in the early stages of discussions with the Coast Guard on its regulations, He's not certain that will ultimately be the approach. The EPA advised him to exhaust all other means of disposal through a comparison of costs.
He said a couple savage operators spoke with them. Borg said they were interested in environmental considerations they would have to address. The vast majority of petroleum products aboard the vessel have been removed, but Borg said there are hazardous materials such as lead paint and asbestos. So he said they really can't tell the salvers how much it could cost since they really don't know how much hazardous material is onboard.
Both said they would dismantle the vessel and sell it for scrap.