Alaska offers drinking water after toxic substance found

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state is offering safe drinking water to a number of households in a southeastern Alaska town after a toxic substance was discovered in groundwater.

Alaska's Energy Desk reports a dozen private wells in Gustavus qualified to receive shipped-in jugs of water from the state following the discovery of a chemical compound known as PFAS.

The substance is found in a type of chemical foam used to suppress oil fires, but it can seep into the environment causing contamination.

The state Department of Transportation tested wells this summer near the Gustavus airport. A spokesperson says the department is planning to develop some long-term solutions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report earlier this year suggesting that PFAS might be more hazardous than previously thought.