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Stay Informed, Contact Information

Updated: September 30, 2020

Key Contacts

City of North Pole (owner of the public water system to serve the impacted area)

  • City of North Pole, Public Works
  • Bill Butler
  • Director of City Services
  • 125 Snowman Lane, North Pole, AK 99705
  • 907-488-8593

Flint Hills Resources Alaska (former owner of the former refinery property and provider of alternative water to those impacted)

  • Flint Hills Resources Alaska, Ground Water Office
  • Tim Arnold
  • 907-488-0723

State of Alaska:

DEC Contaminated Sites Program (provides regulatory oversight on contaminated sites)

  • DEC, Division of Spill Prevention and Response, Contaminated Sites Program
  • Jim Fish
  • Environmental Program Specialist and Project Manager
  • 907-451-2117

DEC Public Water Systems (provides regulatory oversight of public water systems)

  • DEC, Division of Environmental Health, Drinking Water Program
  • Cindy Christian
  • Program Manager, Field Operations
  • 907-451-2138

Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services (provides health-related recommendations and information)

  • DHSS Division of Public Health
  • Sarah Yoder
  • Environmental Public Health Program Manager
  • 907-269-8054

Staying Informed

DEC’s extensive website on contamination from the former North Pole Refinery, now the Marathon Terminal, remains the best way to learn about the investigation, monitoring, and cleanup efforts. The City of North Pole now provides a permanent source of sulfolane-free water to residents, land owners and businesses in the areas where groundwater has been contaminated by sulfolane and/or PFAS. If you have questions, please contact those listed above.

Since the discovery of sulfolane in private drinking water wells in 2009, DEC has maintained communications with the people of North Pole. The outreach effort has been in collaboration with other stakeholders, including the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Flint Hills Resources Alaska.

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. Key avenues of communication have included:

Open houses and meetings

These provide a forum where community members can meet and talk one‐on‐one with appropriate technical and regulatory officials and learn important information about the project. These events are publicly advertised and open to anyone interested.

Previous Public Events

December 4, 2019
Open house
December 5, 2018
Open house
February 24, 2018
Open house
February 25, 2017
Open house
August 18, 2015
Open house
January 14, 2014
Open house
June 25, 2013
State agency open house
February 20, 2013
Open house
May 1, 2012
Open house
May 16, 2011
Community Workshop
October 5, 2010
Open house
May 6, 2010
Technical Project Team
February 18, 2010
Public meeting
November 23, 2009
Public meeting

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