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King Salmon Airport Firefighting Foam Contamination

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King Salmon Airport

Above: King Salmon Water Sampling Results As Of 4/4/19
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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) was recently alerted to concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) exceeding the state action level for drinking water in several wells located at and near the King Salmon Airport. Nine wells were sampled on or near airport property. Of the nine wells, one well located on airport property tested above the action level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the sum of five PFAS compounds. The other eight wells had concentrations well below the action level of 70 ppt for the sum of five PFAS compounds. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) began initial sampling of private water wells near airport property in December.

DOT&PF has contracted Shannon & Wilson, Inc. to finish the preliminary investigation, which includes an in-depth well search and sampling event.

PFAS are commonly used in products for fire suppression, resistance to wear, and repelling oil, stains, grease, and water. PFAS can be found in carpets, upholstery, apparel, paper, nonstick cookware, food packaging, personal care products, and in firefighting aqueous film forming foams (AFFF). The use of AFFF during firefighting equipment testing at the King Salmon Airport is the presumed source of PFAS contamination in the affected wells. PFAS are considered emerging contaminants and the health effects are not yet well characterized.

Shannon & Wilson, Inc. sampled 20 drinking-water wells at residences and businesses on or near the airport for the presence of PFAS in the groundwater from March 14-19, 2019. PFAS were found in 17 wells, two of which had concentrations above the DEC action level. Three wells had no detections of PFAS. DOT&PF and Shannon & Wilson, Inc. began contacting community members to notify them of their results April 9, 2019. Those who participated in the sampling event will receive a copy of their results at the mailing address they provided. If you have questions regarding sample results please email airportwater@alaska.gov.

Contacts

For more information, please contact us.

For questions about testing & study:

Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
Kristen Freiburger, Project Manager
Phone: 907-479-0600
Email: krf@shanwil.com

For regulatory questions:

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, 
Contaminated Site Program
Environmental Program Manager
Phone: 907-269-3057
Email: bill.oconnell@alaska.gov 

Division of Spill Prevention and Response website: 
dec.alaska.gov/spar/csp/sites.aspx

For questions about PFAS health effects:

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services
Kristin Bridges, Public Health Scientist 
Phone: 907-269-8028
Email: kristin.bridges@alaska.gov  
Division of Public Health Website:
dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/eph/Pages/default.aspx

For claim filing instructions:

Alaska Department of Administration
Division of Risk Management
Britney Hunter, Claims Administrator
PO Box 110218
Juneau, AK 99811-0218
Phone: 907-465-2183
Fax: 907-465-3690
Email: britney.hunter@alaska.gov

For questions about King SalmonAirport Firefighting Foam and all other inquiries:

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
PFAS Contract Manager – Statewide Aviation
Sammy Loud
Phone: 907-888-5671
Email: airportwater@alaska.gov