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Updated: Jun. 22, 2016

Private Water Systems

Overview

 

Upon discovering that sulfolane had impacted drinking water wells north of the refinery in 2009, Flint Hills responded by providing bottled drinking water to affected properties. By 2011, Flint Hills was offering several different alternative drinking water options to affected residences. These options included bottled water, bulk water tanks, or in-home point-of-entry water treatment systems. The company currently provides alternative drinking water to an estimated 1,500 people affected by the sulfolane plume.


Until a cleanup level is set, Flint Hills is obligated to continue to provide alternative drinking water to impacted residents under DEC oversight. Flint Hills is currently administering the alternative water program as a condition of the DEC-approved October 2014 Alternative Water Solutions Management Plan. Under the terms of the plan, Flint Hills provides alternative water to all properties affected by the sulfolane plume plus some properties immediately outside of the plume area (this area is known as the buffer zone). Buffer zone properties and properties newly-impacted by sulfolane are provided with bottled water.


Click here to view maps summarizing plume monitoring data.

 

 

Reports and Documents


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Alternative Water Solutions Program 2015 Annual Report, North Pole, Alaska - February 2016 - Barr Engineering Co.
6/22/16
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Alternative Water Solutions Program 2014 Annual Report, North Pole, Alaska - February 2015, - Barr Engineering Co.
6/22/16
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Alternative Water Solutions Program - Management Plan, October 2014, Barr Engineering. (Large file size prevents us from posting Figures and/or Appendices; to see them, please contact DEC)
10/20/14

pdf AWS Mgmt Plan 1.4M, minus Figures and Appendices

Water Quality Association certification for point-of-entry treatment systems. Water Quality Association, International Headquarters & Laboratory, Lisle, IL. Issued Aug. 1, 2011.
6/26/2014
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Groundwater Monitoring Report - Fourth Quarter 2013, submitted to DEC by Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, January 2014, Arcadis

 

This report summarizes groundwater monitoring activities on and off the refinery property completed during the fourth quarter of 2013. The figures include multiple maps showing various aspects of the plume.

 

For copies of Appendix items or other help with this report, please contact DEC.

4/30/14

Groundwater Monitoring Report - First Quarter 2013, submitted to DEC by Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, May 2013, Arcadis

 

This report summarizes groundwater monitoring activities on and off the refinery property completed during the first quarter of 2013. The figures include multiple maps showing various aspects of the plume.

 

For copies of Appendix items or other help with this report, please contact DEC.

5/10/13