Suspected contamination source: Firefighting foam used at Eielson Air Force Base and Regional Fire Training Center (State of Alaska press release, 2015)
Per and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFASs) were first discovered at the City of Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center (RFTC) and Eielson Air Force Base in 2015.
Since the discovery of PFOS in drinking water wells on-base, the Air Force discontinued the use of the wells from which samples exceeded the EPA Public Health Advisory (PHA) level. The Air Force then initiated groundwater sampling near the northern boundary of the base, in order to find out whether PFOS could be migrating off-base. Results showed widespread contamination, with PFOS exceeding the PHA level in groundwater from 10 feet to 100 feet below ground surface.
- City of Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center Burn Pit
- State of Alaska Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Fact Sheet
- Eielson Air Force Base Investigates Off-Base Migration of Contaminated Groundwater
- Action Memorandum for a Time-Critical Removal Action Of PFC-Contaminated Water at Moose Creek, Alaska
- Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for groundwater contamination
- Military checking for water contamination in national sweep that includes Alaska
- Tests show one South Fairbanks home had high PFC contamination
- Groundwater Contamination Spreads off Eielson Air Force Base