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Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Alaska

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

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Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Alaska Contamination Areas

  1. Eielson AFB
    Firefighting foam used at Eielson Air Force Base
    Location  Moose Creek, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
    Date  2015
    Community response  The community voiced concerns regarding the financial impact of the water utility rates associated with Alternatives proposed by the TCRA but were interested in the details of switching their water soure to come from the North Pole WTP (EAFB, AL 2015)
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base

  2. Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center/Fairbanks International Airport
    Firefighting foam used from 1984 to 2004 in fire training exercises at the Regional Fire Training Center, and at Fairbanks International Airport since the 1980s
    Location  Fairbanks, Alaska
    Date  RFTC : 2015 FAI: 2017
    Community response  The Alaska Community Action on Toxics along with affected communiy members have been attending meetings regularly. Affected community member David Berrey has started an organization called WATER (Wake up, Alaskans, to the Toxic Environmental Reality) (Ellis 2017)
    PFAS contamination source  Civilian Airport; Fire Training Center

  3. Former Amchitka Air Force Base
    Firefighting foam used at Former Amchitka Air Force Base
    Location  Aleutian Islands, Alaska
    Date  2017
    Community response  No info found
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base

  4. Galena Forward Operating Location
    Firefighting foam used at Galena Forward Operating Location
    Location  Galena, Alaska
    Date  2017
    Community response  No info found
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Air

  5. Gustavus Airport
    Firfighting foam used at Gustavus Airport
    Location  Gustavus, Alaska
    Date  2018
    PFAS contamination source  Civilian Airport

  6. Naval Base Kitsap - Naval Arctic Research Lab Barrow
    Firefighting foam used at Naval Base Kitsap - Naval Arctic Research Lab Barrow
    Location  Utqiaġvik, Alaska
    Date  2017
    Community response  No info found
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base



If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Alaska Community Groups

  1. Gustavus PFAS Action Coalition
    Raising awareness, advocating for remediation in all possible ways.
    Location  Gustavus, primarily, and Alaska as well
    Contact Name  Kelly McLaughlin
    Contact Phone  907-723-5459

  2. Wake Up Alaskans to the Toxic Environmental Reality (WATER)



​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Alaska PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in Fairbanks, AK
    Location  Fairbanks North Star Borough
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  2019
    Type of study  Exposure assessment
    Study conducted by  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    PFAS contamination source  Eielson Air Force Base



Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

Alaska Agency Websites

  1. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

  2. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services








What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.
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