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Engineers To Give Permafrost Dose Of Its Own Medicine

Scientists Aim to Freeze Chena Hot Springs Ground Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK); September 8, 1998 Scientists have decided it’s time to freeze that asphalt-buckling villain permafrost in its tracks. At a test site on Chena Hot Springs Road, construction crews are installing grids of carbon dioxide-filled steel pipes – called thermosyphons – engineered to carry away heat from below the road’s surface.  The intent is to freeze the permafrost permanently. “Chena Hot Springs Road hasn’t …

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Uniquely Alaskan: A Collection Of Individuals

TRADE LINE – A Publication of World Trade Center Alaska; Summer 1998 (Excerpt) Another member of World Trade Center Alaska making inroads into the world market with their products is Erwin L. (Erv) Long, P.E., President of Arctic Foundations, Inc.  Arctic Foundations does exactly what their name indicates; they build specialty foundation components for structures in Arctic environments.  The structures could be buildings, bridges, and docks or pipeline supports.  Each design is different because, across …

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Advanced Containment: Foundation Technique Traps Waste In Soils

Waste Treatment Technology News; April 1998 A foundation-shoring technique has led to a waste containment technology.  Arctic Foundations, Inc. (5621 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99518; Tel:  907/562-2741, Fax: 907/562-0153) has pioneered a ground-freezing process it calls a “cryogenic barrier.”  Originally developed to prevent foundation slumping after seasonal freeze/thaw cycles in the Alaskan tundra, the company was approached by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake a project freezing soils surrounding a contaminated pond at Oak …

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Frozen Soil Could Stop Spread of OR Waste

Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN); Section A; April 12, 1997 OAK RIDGE – Nuclear winter? A test project on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation will freeze the ground in an effort to stem the spread of radioactive contamination. Arctic Foundations Inc., a company based in Alaska, has a $1 million contract to conduct the demonstration over the next couple of years. Preliminary work will begin later this month. The project will create a barrier of …

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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, Arctic Foundations Inc., to freeze the ground around a leaky pond of radioactive soil and sludge.  At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where the …

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