Plan to upgrade Gustavus airport is criticized by residents


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A plan to upgrade an Alaska airport has faced criticism from residents as contractors plan to begin construction on the $20 million federally funded project this month.

Residents and organizations such as the Gustavus PFAS Action Coalition want more state accountability after toxic chemicals were found at the Gustavus airport in 2018, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Monday.

The contaminants found are known as PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals found in firefighting foam that used to be required at airports and defense sites.

They are also called “forever chemicals”...

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