Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA) hosting open house on water contamination

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks International Airport is hosting an open house to discuss water contamination from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4920 Dale Road.

Representatives from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Risk Management, PDC Engineers, R&M Consultants and Shannon & Wilson, Inc. will be in attendance.

From 4:30-5:15 p.m., presentations will be given by PDC Engineers and R&M Consultants to outline their involvement. From 5:15-7 p.m., representatives from state agencies will answer one-on-one questions. 

For affected properties to be hooked up to College Utilities, individual property owners must file with the Division of Risk Management, according to a news release from Fairbanks International Airport. PDC Engineers was contracted in January to design a project hooking up affected properties to College Utilities. 

On Oct. 27, the airport was alerted to the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, in ground water at the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Areas. Four of six wells tested had concentrations higher than the Environmental Protection Agency health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion. 

Of the 158 business and residential wells adjacent to the airport that have been tested, 58 exceed the health advisory limit, 92 have tested below the level and 44 have shown no signs of PFAS, according to the release. 

Fairbanks International Airport is the third Interior Alaska location to discover PFAS contamination. Termed an emerging contaminant because so little is known about the chemicals, PFAS pollution is often attributed to firefighting foams. 

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