Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Southeast


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PETERSBURG (AP) — A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg.

The Kupreanof Island site was a manned U.S. Air Force communications station, one of 18 built in Alaska in the 1950s, and part of an early warning system to relay radio communications to Colorado Springs during the Cold War.

While the Air Force removed over 100 fuel barrels from the site in 2000, fuel drums and other debris remain. KFSK reports (http://bit.ly/1l8OGQ4 ) the contractor has documented fuel, chemicals and heavy metals in the soil and groundwater.

Air Force project manager Lori Roy said clean soil will refill the excavated sites. The hope is to complete the work by September.

Project costs have been estimated at $3.5 million.

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