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Chilkoot Indian Association, Alaska

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As much as 4,600 gallons of diesel fuel each year may be leaking from the old Haines Army Fuel Terminal into Lutak Inlet, a new pollution study commissioned by the association shows. Anchorage consultant Simon Mawson blasts Army cleanup efforts and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for not doing enough to prevent gasoline and diesel fuel contamination from leaving the terminal site. The association commissioned the study after the Tlingit-Haida Central Council found lead and other contaminates in mussels collected in 1999 at Tanani Point. Tribal members have complained that the Army ignored their claims that fuel leaking from the tank farm has contaminated subsistence foods they gather at the point. Officials involved in the cleanup say Mawson's conclusions shouldn't be taken at face value before the assertions are backed up and that the report lacks documentation.

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