Moose Creek

Dan Bross / KUAC

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.

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Erin Corneliussen/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

City and borough officials announced Thursday that another groundwater contamination hotspot has been found in the Fairbanks area, this time around South Davis Park. In response, borough Mayor Karl Kassel says the Parks and Rec Department will no longer use water from contaminated wells to irrigate the park’s heavily used sports fields.


Corps of Engineers

Air Force officials will host an open house meeting Monday to talk about proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents whose well water has been made unpotable due to groundwater contamination.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

A toxic-chemical expert told a group in Fairbanks Monday that perflourinated compounds that have contaminated groundwater around some Fairbanks and Eielson Air Force Base-area neighborhoods pose a serious, long-term threat to human health. Organizers of the meeting say they hope to convince state and federal regulators to set more stringent standards for the chemical compounds.


City of North Pole

The North Pole City Council tonight will consider awarding a contract to an engineering company to develop a plan intended to protect the community’s groundwater from contamination. The mayor says the plan is needed to ensure the city will be able to expand its municipal water system to areas where the groundwater already is contaminated.


DVIDS/Air National Guard file photo

Officials with the Air Force and other agencies are asking members of the public to weigh-in on several proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents who can’t use their wells because of groundwater contamination. The pollution came from Eielson Air Force Base’s use of firefighting foam in years past. On Monday, North Pole City Council members made it clear they believe expanding their municipal water system to Moose Creek is the best alternative.


Most of the wells in the small interior community of Moose Creek are contaminated with a chemical emanating from Eielson Air Force Base. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the pollution stems from firefighting foam used at the base in past decades.