Gustavus is getting a multi-million dollar airport upgrade, but city officials and some residents are calling on Alaska’s Department of Transportation to stop work on the project.
Concerned residents in the Southeast Alaska town of Gustavus pushed state agencies to do more testing for contaminants before major construction at the city’s airport. And the state found more toxic “forever chemicals” at the site.
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.”
It’s a growing national issue: A foam used to suppress oil fires can leach into the environment and contaminate groundwater.