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Agency Wants Site Put On Ice: Alaskan Called To Chill Radioactive Waste Pond

Anchorage Daily News (AK); Business; October 23, 1996  The U.S. Department of Energy is testing a technique to corral a leaking nuclear waste pond using technology pioneered in Erwin Long’s back yard in the 1950’s. In a cool solution to a hot problem, the government this year chose Long’s company, …

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Using Passive Refrigeration To Stabilize Foundations In Cold Climates

Passively refrigerated piles and gravel pads were selected as the foundation system for the new hospital in Kotzebue, Alaska Ashrae Journal; September 1993 Passive refrigeration using two-phase thermosyphons is being used to provide a stable foundation for the new $40 million hospital currently under construction at Kotzebue, Alaska. This project …

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Cool Hand Erv

The Anchorage Times (AK); February 22, 1990 While many Alaskans count the number of days until the big thaw, engineer Erwin “Erv” Long works to keep the ground frozen. Hidden below the surface, permafrost forms a firm but fragile foundation for life in much of Alaska. Long’s projects include repair of …

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Soils Engineer Retires Corps

Anchorage Times (AK); Business-Financial; July 29, 1976 One of Alaska’s few experts on permafrost, and an internationally recognized soil foundations engineer – Erwin “Irv” Long of the Alaska District, Corps of Engineers – retired this month after 28 years of Federal Service. Among his patented inventions relating to construction in …

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