Environmental Sampling

ACAT Testing Water Quality Jesse

Alaska Community Action on Toxics collaborates with communities to conduct environmental sampling and training to better understand contamination associated with such areas as formerly used defense sites (FUDS), active and abandoned mining sites, and nuclear (radioactive) sites in remote areas of Alaska. We collect samples of air, water, sediment, soil, plants, fish, and traditional foods, depending on community priorities and research objectives. After samples are collected, we have them analyzed at certified independent chemical laboratories. We have conducted sampling and analysis of contaminants including: PCBs, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, fuel and oil related compounds, and radioactive elements. We work at the request of and in collaboration with communities to design and conduct any sampling project. The purpose of our environmental sampling efforts is to provide communities with independent analysis that will help inform their decisions and achieve environmental health and justice.

Read about our community-based participatory research on St. Lawrence Island with the University of Alaska, Anchorage:

UAA scientists, ACAT and community researchers work together