Resident speak out on groundwater contamination
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The discovery of potentially harmful chemicals in ground water, as a result of aqueous film-forming foam that’s used by fire fighters, has brought the Fairbanks community together over their shared concerns.
Julia Laude visited with to residents to hear what they think about this firefighting method.
This isn’t a game."
Amanda Phipps; Fairbanks Resident>>"If we want something done about it, the people in this room now as well as other community members are going to have to take action and come together to do something about this."
Chemicals found in foam used by firefighters to put out the hottest of blazes, have residents concerned for their safety.
Local water sources that are used heavily by residents have been tested positive for these chemicals.
But to find the chemicals in water, is not as easy.
Pamela Miller; Alaska Community Action on Toxics>>: "They can cause endocrine disorders.
Michael Craft; Interior Resident>>: "Am I healthy enough to have a child?
The City of Fairbanks is aware of the water contamination and is working to help residents.