2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:53:57 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUDS, NATIVE ALASKANS: Unalaska (AK) settles with Feds
City wins settlement over PCB contamination

January 27, 2011

UNALASKA, AK - The city of Unalaska has accepted a $1.96 million settlement from the federal government over PCB contamination.

The settlement is the result of a five-year process that began when the city discovered that the site of the new powerhouse was contaminated with PCBs - or polychlorinated biphenyls. PCBs are toxic compounds that can cause liver damage, skin lesions, and cognitive impairment. The Environmental Protection Agency requires PCB-contaminated sites to be cleaned up if the compound is present in greater amounts than one part per million. Soil at the new powerhouse site contained concentrations up to 700 parts per million.

The type of PCB found on the site is called Arclor 1260, and it was only produced during World War II. Because of this, the city attempted to involve the Department of Defense in the clean-up process, says City Manager Chris Hladick.


"There's no mechanism through FUDS -- the Formerly Used Defense Site agency - to fund a PCB cleanup without going to court."


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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