The annual Alaska Forum on the Environment is underway at the Dena’ina Convention center in Anchorage. On Thursday, federal project managers gave updates on cleanup projects across the state within national parks, on Federal Aviation property and at defense sites. The Defense Department has 537 formerly used defense sites or FUDS. Of those 70, remain active for cleanup. Ken Andrascko is the Alaska region Army Corp of Engineers chief of the FUDS program here.
He said two sites in Alaska are currently getting the most funding. The Northeast Cape on St. Lawrence Island and the Umiat area near the Colville river in the National Petroleum reserve. He said this year’s ongoing PCB cleanup on test well No. 9 at Umiat is getting underway.