State Reaches Agreement with Flint Hills Resources Alaska
on North Pole Public Water System Expansion
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DEC has maintained communications with people affected by the sulfolane contamination and individuals interested in the progress of the investigation. This effort has been in collaboration with other stakeholders. Flint Hills Resources has communicated with homeowners regarding alternate water solutions since 2009. In addition, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has provided health consultations and advice.
DEC has used many forms of communication to ensure that the community is well informed of the status of the site and on how to prevent potential exposure to sulfolane. For details on the outreach efforts please see the site history page.
DEC will continue to address any concerns from the public and will convey project information using multiple avenues of communication, including:
Information about the investigation and cleanup is available at these locations in North Pole:
- Flint Hills Resources' Ground Water Office, 1100 H&H Lane, North Pole, 99705, phone
(907) 488-0723, email: email@example.com
- City of North Pole offices, 125 Snowman Lane, North Pole, 99705, phone (907) 488-2281
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- (Updated February 24, 2017) Flint Hills Resources Alaska and the State of Alaska announced February 7th that they will be funding a significant expansion of the piped public water system to provide sulfolane-free drinking water to residents impacted by releases of sulfolane from the former North Pole Refinery. The State of Alaska is contributing to the settlement because it was previously an owner of the property during the time of some of these releases.
On February 25 an estimated 100 people attended the Community Open House, held at the North Pole Plaza Mall. Attendees from the area actively engaged in one-on-one conversations with representatives from the three parties to the agreement - DEC, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the City of North Pole and Flint Hills Resources Alaska - asking many questions and seeking information regarding specifics of the project. DEC continues to solicit feedback from community members through March 27th, 2017.
DEC is accepting community feedback on the piped water expansion project, the Revised Onsite Cleanup Plan, and the Offsite Potable Water Plan. Please provide your feedback to Jim Fish, Project Manager,firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5 p.m. March 27, 2017.