EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE
ALASKA
EPA ID# AK1570028646
EPA Region 10
Fairbanks North Star Borough
Fairbanks

1st Congressional District

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Last Update: September, 2007

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The Eielson Air Force Base site covers 19,780 acres in Fairbanks North Star Borough, located 24 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. Since the Base was established in 1944, its primary mission has been to provide tactical support to the Alaskan Air Command. The site contains both closed and active unlined landfills, shallow trenches where weathered tank sludge was buried, a drum storage area, and other disposal or spill areas. Groundwater is contaminated with lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and toluene. Several areas of subsurface petroleum-contaminated soil and floating petroleum products are the sources of groundwater contamination. Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated fish were found in a slough that runs through the base. Approximately 6,000 people obtain drinking water from wells located within three miles of the site. The site is in the flood plain of the Tanana River, and surface water located three miles down-gradient of the site is used for fishing.

Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through federal actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:07/14/1989
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Final Date:11/21/1989
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Media Affected: Groundwater & Soil
Groundwater contains lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, xylene, and toluene. Several areas of subsurface petroleum-contaminated soil and floating petroleum product are the sources of continuing groundwater contamination. Ingesting or coming into direct contact with contaminated groundwater or soil may pose a potential health threat. Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated fish were found in a slough that runs through the base.


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