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6,000 gallons of firefighting foam spilled near Williston

The release, which was a mixture of the firefighting foam and water, originated from Williston's Polar Creek Industries U.S. facility on Thursday, Jan. 6, according to a release.

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality on Friday, Jan. 7, said 6,000 gallons of firefighting foam were released in Williston, North Dakota.

The spill, which was a mixture of the firefighting foam and water, originated from Williston's Polar Creek Industries U.S. facility on Thursday, Jan. 6, according to a release.

The Department of Environmental Quality said the spill was confined to a road ditch. Investigators are working to determine whether the firefighting foam, which is used to combat hazardous fires, contained synthetic chemicals known as PFAS. These chemicals break down slowly, meaning they can remain in the environment for long periods of time.

PFAS may also be harmful to human health. Investigators are working to clean the spill.

Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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