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Toxins in Water

By Florian Sever

May 24, 2019
Friday PM

Dear Editor:

In past years, both Ketchikan and Sitka supported "dissolving-sulfite" pulp mills, which generated large amounts of toxic fly-ash from their power-generating boilers.  Both of these mills burned bark, wood waste and toxic waste-water treatment sludge.  

In 1991 the USEPA determined that high levels of 2,3,7,8 TCDD DIOXIN were present in the sediments of Sitka's water supply (Blue Lake).  
See page 14 of: 

The dioxins in Sitka's Blue Lake sediments were determined by the USEPA to be caused by airborne fly-ash from Sitka's pulp mill.  Ketchikan's pulp mill did the very same thing to the Ketchikan airshed.

In the interest of public safety, shouldn't the drinking water of BOTH communities be REQUIRED to be filtered to remove these toxic, dioxin-laden sediments?              See:  , page 8.

I came across this link on the internet. It outlines a newer form of water collection and analysis than the USEPA used in Sitka and Ketchikan, regarding 2378TCDD [dioxin] in both city's water supply lakes. See:  

If your would like to discuss, want, or wish to provide, further information on this subject, my email address is:

Thank you.

Florian Sever
Sitka. Alaska


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Received May 23, 2019 - Published May 24, 2019

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