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A movie about PFAS water contamination premiered today (Fri). “Dark Waters” tells the story of a West Virginia town where PFAS compounds from a DuPont factory poisoned area residents. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the film’s star testified before a Congressional committee this week, about the unregulated chemicals, which have polluted waters at many locations across the country, including dozens in Alaska.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

A judge has begun deliberation of a lawsuit filed five years ago by the State of Alaska against a former owner of the North Pole Refinery. The state seeks tens of millions of dollars from Williams Alaska Petroleum for contaminating the area’s groundwater and to help pay for cleanup and expansion of North Pole’s water system.

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The Air Force plans to connect properties in Moose Creek that have PFAS contaminated wells, to the North Pole city water system. The 50-million-dollar project is the Air Force’s solution to providing safe water to about 170 properties in the Moose Creek community, southeast of Fairbanks, where historic use of PFAS firefighting foams at Eielson Air Force Base, polluted groundwater. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The state has rolled back a stricter PFAS drinking water contamination standard, and suspended development of new regulations for the chemicals. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the PFAS changes implemented by the administration of Governor Mike Dunleavy, come despite growing concern about health impacts of the perfluorinated compounds in firefighting foams, which have contaminated groundwater at several locations in Alaska.


A North Pole lake, and its fish, have tested positive for PFAS chemicals linked to a range of human health problems. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the lake is in an area where groundwater is already known to be contaminated.


Golden Valley Electric Association will close a facility that processes coal ash produced by the Healy 1 power plant within five years, because it’s been leaking more toxic heavy metals into the area’s groundwater than federal regulations allow. Golden Valley also will come up with a plan to clean up groundwater contamination around the coal-fired power plant in Healy.


The City of North Pole will begin accepting applications next week for area residents who want to connect to the town’s recently expanded water system.

The City of Fairbanks has retained two Lower 48 law firms to advise on how to sue the manufacturers of chemical compounds that have contaminated groundwater in several areas around the city. The officials hope to recover nearly 4-million dollars the city has spent over the past three years to deal with the contamination caused by perfluorinated compounds contained in a type of firefighting foam.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulating a group of flourinated chemicals collectively known as PFAS, including some that have infiltrated groundwater in the Fairbanks area. DEC proposes to set a cleanup level for groundwater contaminated with the chemicals.

KUAC file photo

Fairbanks International Airport and Eielson Air Force Base no longer use a type of firefighting foam containing a chemical compound that’s contaminated groundwater around the city, and that poses a potential threat to human health.