NAVFAC Northwest

Naval Arctic Research Laboratory - Barrow

Project Background

The Navy continues to investigate drinking water sources surrounding former and current Navy Installations worldwide where perfluoroalkyl substances, aka PFAS are suspected - typically at locations with historic use of Aqueous Film Forming Foam, a highly effective, life-saving fire suppressant, which contained PFAS ingredients.

In Navy Region Northwest, this investigation includes testing the surface water of Imikpuk Lake near Barrow, Alaska to determine if the water is impacted from past releases of PFAS, which are classified by the EPA as unregulated or "emerging" contaminants and have no regulatory standards or routine water quality testing requirements.

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