• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
45s

Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Alaska

By Associated Press 10:52 AM August 15, 2014
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) –

A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg.

The Kupreanof Island site was a manned U.S. Air Force communications station, one of 18 built in Alaska in the 1950s, and part of an early warning system to relay radio communications to Colorado Springs during the Cold War.

While the Air Force removed over 100 fuel barrels from the site in 2000, fuel drums and other debris remain. KFSK reports (http://bit.ly/1l8OGQ4 ) the contractor has documented fuel, chemicals and heavy metals in the soil and groundwater.

Air Force project manager Lori Roy said clean soil will refill the excavated sites. The hope is to complete the work by September.

Project costs have been estimated at $3.5 million.

___

Information from: KFSK-FM, http://www.alaska.net/~kfsk/

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Latest Stories

  • News

    Eating Alaskan at the Alaska State Fair

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 28, 22:06

    It’s not hard to find people who like to eat their way through the Alaska State Fair. Beth Foglesong is one of them. Every year she stops at the Pristine Products booth to slurp some fresh oysters from Prince William Sound. “The people that like them come every year,” said oyster farmer Dave Sczawiaski. Sczawiaski’s oysters […]

  • Lifestyle

    Presidential Visits to Alaska: Memorable, if not quirky

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 28, 21:55

    With all the build-up to President Barack Obama’s visit to the 49th State next week, it’s worth a look back at past presidential visits. They’re far and few between. Usually Alaska is not the destination, but a refueling stop for Air Force One. What’s significant about this trip is the length of stay. Obama is […]

  • News

    President Obama to announce Denali Commission as lead agency on community relocation project

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Aug 28, 18:05

    The U.S. Arctic Research Commission was in Nome this week discussing Arctic issues ranging from international shipping to climate change. One presenter in particular unveiled a key detail about an initiative President Obama is expected to announce during his visit to the state next week—involving relocation efforts for rural villages in the face of climate […]

  • News

    Governor issues state disaster declaration for Sitka landslides

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 17:46

    Alaskans suffered the aftermath of several landslides in the Sitka area on Aug. 18, but a state disaster declaration from Gov. Bill Walker’s office on Thursday may help restoration within the community. The landslides claimed the lives of three Sitka men and caused significant damage to buildings, roads and other structures in the area. The […]

  • Politics

    Lawmakers seek Supreme Court intervention in Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 17:44

    Alaska lawmakers have turned to the highest court in Alaska in a last ditch effort to stop the expansion of Medicaid. A state-court judge on Friday rejected the request by lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid while the judge considers the merits of the case. Lawmakers sued after Walker decided to […]

  • Crime

    Teen arrested for allegedly firing multiple shots in South Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 17:01

    An Anchorage teen was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly fired multiple rounds in South Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department dispatched officers to the area of Driftwood Street and E. 71st Avenue after receiving multiples reports of “anywhere between 12 and 30 shots” being fired, according to an APD statement. Responding officers also heard […]

  • News

    Firefighters battle blaze on Parks Highway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 15:42

    The Parks Highway is partially closed while firefighters battle a fire at a business near Mile 51, Alaska State Troopers report. The fire was called in at Motor Rage Auto Sales just after 3 p.m., according to Mat-Su Borough Fire Deputy Director Ken Barkley. He says the main building was engulfed in flames and several […]

  • News

    Bicyclist injured in Seward Highway collision

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 14:52

    A bicyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a truck on the Seward Highway Friday afternoon. At 12:47 p.m., the Anchorage Police Department was called to the scene of the collision near the intersection of the Seward Highway and Benson Boulevard, police said in a statement. An adult male […]