Anchorage firm wins bid for Umiat well cleanup

An Anchorage corporation has won a $15 million contract to clean up soil from an old test well drilled decades ago.

Marsh Creek LLC won the contract from the U.S. Army to clean the soil at test well No. 9. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that was one of 11 wells drilled at the former Umiat Air Force Station in the 1940s or ’50s.

A release from the Department of Defense says the work will remove petroleum contaminated soil

But the state Department of Environmental Conservation says the work is primarily driven by the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls at the site. The department says the suspected carcinogens were used at the site 120 miles south of Prudhoe Bay.

Work will be completed by Jan. 31, 2014.

 

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