Alaska plans garden alert for tainted water

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Tainted water from wells contaminated with an industrial solvent may have affected gardens in the Fairbanks area.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation did a study last summer showing garden plants in the city of North Pole are contaminated with sulfolane, an industrial solvent used to refine oil.

About 200 wells in North Pole and outside the city have water contaminated with sulfolane from a refinery owned by Flint Hills Resources, based in Wichita, Kan.

A fact sheet detailing the garden study and recommendations is due from state regulators in the coming weeks.

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