PFAS

Salcha Wells Test Clean

Jun 30, 2020
DEC

Additional test data has alleviated concern about contamination of two public drinking water wells near where fire-fighting foam residue from Eielson Air Force Base was dumped.

Technology developed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks can break down PFAS chemicals in water. UAF’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship spun off a company called Aquagga  that’s marketing the technology. 


Focus Features

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.

Organic Incineration Technology

A North Pole area environmental remediation company has been approved to incinerate PFAS contaminated soil. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Moose Creek based Organic Incineration Technology is the first facility permitted to burn soils tainted by PFAS containing firefighting foams, which have polluted numerous sites around Alaska, including several in the Interior.

Rivers, lakes and ponds present another human exposure avenue to PFAS chemicals. It’s a concern in the Fairbanks North Pole area, where there are several known areas of PFAS groundwater contamination, which when spread to surface waters, can bioaccumulate in fish. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.


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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City Sues Over PFAS

Apr 30, 2019

The City of Fairbanks has filed suit against manufacturers of PFAS containing firefighting foams, which have contaminated ground water in an area on the city’s south side. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the city is joins numerous others in the lower 48 seeking damages.


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.

DEC

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.

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