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Above: Water Well Sampling Areas Near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (click image for larger view)
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination at state owned properties or sites that the department is responsible for. Evaluation includes all past and present Part 139 airports and formerly known Department of Defense (DoD) sites. DOT&PF has contracted with third-party environmental consultant, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. to identify and sample potentially impacted communities.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has conducted sampling on airport property, in support of developmental projects and the department’s mission to identify PFAS and mitigate the risk to human health, that confirmed the presence of PFAS. The historical use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), a standard firefighting agent that contains PFAS, used in required aircraft rescue and firefighting training and emergency events are suspected sources of PFAS at airports worldwide. ANC is working with Shannon & Wilson, Inc. and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to identify water supply wells near ANC.
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