Wells test positive for contamination near Fairbanks airport

FAIRBANKS—Residential and business wells near Fairbanks International Airport have tested positive for the presence of perfluorinated compounds, according to a news release from the airport.
Often called PFAS, perfluorinated compounds are found in aqueous film-forming foam used in firefighting applications and have been found in the water of three separate Fairbanks North Star Borough communities.
Thirty-three wells were tested at residences and businesses near the airport, with PFAS present in 26 of them.
Of the 26 that tested positive, 19 are above the health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The airport is providing water delivery services for residents and businesses in the sampling area, which includes Airport Road Industrial, Dale Road, Decathlon Avenue, East Ramp and Chena Pump between the Boat Shop and the Pump House.
Water is available for anyone, whether or not their water has been tested and regardless of the results of those tests.
They include the main fire station and two training areas south of the main terminal — an old, unlined site and a newer lined pit.
Spear said 150 wells have been identified for analysis so far and that results will likely dictate future inspections.
Representatives from the Fairbanks International Airport, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health and Social Services and Shannon & Wilson will be available to answer questions.
Contact staff writer Robin Wood at 459-7510.

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