2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 25 Aug 2007 01:19:29 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Alaska military cleanup
$1B Cleanup of Alaska Bases Drags On

By JEANNETTE J. LEE/Associated Press Writer
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
August 25, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Like countless generations of Yup'ik Eskimos, George Noongwook's grandfather once pulled salmon and trout from the Suqitughneq River on St. Lawrence Island. But Noongwook has never done so.

The whaling captain from the village of Savoonga worries that the remnants of a 180,000-gallon diesel fuel spill from a deserted Cold War surveillance site will make him sick.

"There hasn't been anyone fishing there in my lifetime because all the fish died," said Noongwook, 58. "They're back now, but everyone knows it is contaminated so they go elsewhere."

The old Northeast Cape Air Force base, 140 miles from the Russian mainland, is one of at least 640 contaminated military installations across Alaska dating from World War II and the Cold War.


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