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Former Amchitka Underground Test Site

Mission Statement

Ensure the people of Alaska will not suffer adverse impacts to their health, or the environment due to the legacy of the underground nuclear testing carried out at Amchitka Island, Alaska, now or in the future.

image of former Amchitka Airport Tower
Former Amchitka Airport Tower, Amchitka Island, Alaska

The following links are to reports prepared in response to concerns about the former activity on Amchitka Island:

Long Term Hydrological Monitoring Program: Amchitka, Alaska 1997 (PDF 9.52M); EPA, June 1998, EPA-402-R-98-002

Amchitka Workers; Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage

The Unknown Legacy of Alaska's Atomic Tests, Article # 1525; Alaska Science Forum, January 18, 2001

Screening Risk Assessment for Possible Radionuclides in the Amchitka Marine Environment; US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Environmental Restoration Project, Environmental Restoration Division, DOE/NV/--857, Revision No: 0, October 2002

Modeling Groundwater Flow and Transport of Radionuclides at Amchitka Island's Underground Nuclear Tests: Milrow, Long Shot, and Cannikin; US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Operations Office, DOE/NV/11508-51, Publication No. 45172, October 2002