Kenai Borough to Assess Nikiski Groundwater

A $150,000 state grant expected from the Alaska Legislature will allow the Kenai Peninsula Borough to help assess groundwater contamination near Nikiski.

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by Associated Press

KENAI- A $150,000 state grant expected from the Alaska Legislature will allow the Kenai Peninsula Borough to help assess groundwater contamination near Nikiski.
   
Borough Mayor Mike Navarre says the money would let the borough assess environmental data in partnership with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and determine whether a larger plan is needed.
   
Residents are concerned about groundwater contamination caused by past pollution connected to the petroleum industry.
   
At least 4,200 gallons of oil-contaminated waste, sludge and other pollutants were dumped at one site in the early 1980s.
   
The Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to assess whether contamination near the site lingers.
   
Navarre says he doesn't want borough money duplicating work done by the DEC or the property owners.