Contaminated water found in Fairbanks subdivision

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Tainted water has been found in the groundwater of the College Road subdivision in Fairbanks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The agency is recommending that two residents of the subdivision don't drink from their wells. Tests showed that the contaminant was double the acceptable state regulated level for drinking water.

In the meantime, DEC wants more tests done of underground water after finding the contaminant trichloroethylene, also known as TCE. TCE is a nonflammable solvent used mostly to clean grease from metal. It may cause serious or fatal illness if ingested.

The chemical may have originated from property owned by the Bentley Family Trust. The trust is conducting the new tests to determine the size, source and number of contamination plumes that appear to be emanating from its lands.

The land was once home to, among other things, a junkyard, military facilities and a yard for 200 miles of pipe used in building the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

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