Juneau’s fire chief says “there isn’t a product on the market that’s totally environmentally friendly that works like it’s supposed to.”
Typically, when a contaminated site is discovered it’s up to the landowner — or the person responsible for making the mess — to clean it up. But there are dozens of sites where this process has broken down.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is done watching from the sidelines as Skagway struggles with how to go about cleaning up decades-old contamination in the ore basin.
Approximately 75,000 cubic yards of soil have contaminants that exceed environmental standards.
The contamination stems from the time of the Haines-Fairbanks Pipeline, built by the Army in the 1950s.
The National Institutes of Health shut down some clinical trials and two production facilities over concerns that safety rules haven’t been followed, but it says no patients appear to have been hurt.
Ground water contamination at Eielson Air Force Base has spread off the facility. It is thought to originate from firefighting foam previously used there.
A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.