- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An Air Force base about 25 miles southeast of Fairbanks has found contaminated groundwater in wells near Moose Creek.

Eielson Air Force Base began testing wells in May for contamination that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says was likely caused by firefighting foam used from 1970 to 2000, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://bit.ly/1d0HWAa ).

Residents, Air Force officials and representatives from federal and state agencies gathered at the Moose Creek Fire Station on Tuesday night for a public meeting to discuss the contamination.

About 100 attendees were there to hear residents say they were worried about health, property values and keeping an open line of communication between the military and the public.

The Air Force has been providing water to certain residents until a long-term solution can be implemented.

Pat Roth with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center said one possible solution could be installing granulated activated carbon filters this summer.

Out of 57 residential water supply wells that were tested, 46 samples turned up positive for perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs.

Studies are being conducted on the chemical’s long-term effects on humans. Lab tests on animals have shown negative health impacts.

The Environmental Protection Agency set the limit for this compound at .2 parts per billion. Wells near the base were testing as high as 2.1 parts per billion.

“We know these (levels) probably will affect human health,” said Jackie Kramer, the EPA’s Eielson project manager.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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