The Pacific Environment Corporation (PENCO) is in the preliminary stages of seeking permits to build the first hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal facility in Anchorage. The facility would use super-heated fluids to break down toxic chemicals to component elements, eliminating the toxicity in the process. Currently hazardous waste is stored in Anchorage and then shipped to Washington state periodically. An initial public presentation was made last night and drew mixed comment. Additional comments are sought at Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) web site.
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage