Meeting Planned on Moose Creek Water Contamination

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Article courtesy of Staff Report | June 16, 2015 | | Shared as educational material

A public meeting is planned at 6 p.m. tonight to discuss water contamination found in groundwater near Eielson Air Force Base.

Sampling of residential water supply wells this March in Moose Creek flagged 46 of 57 wells for their levels of PFOS. The “emerging contaminant” is a chemical with limited data on human health effects. The Air Force is providing residents with water for drinking and cooking while it investigates long-term treatment options.

The contamination likely originates from fire-fighting foam used at Eielson from 1970 to 2000, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

The public meeting will be at the Moose Creek Fire Station, and will include representatives from federal and state agencies, including the DEC.

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