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In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act. This act authorized EPA to provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia for planning, developing and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, and for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.
The goal of GAP is to assist tribes and intertribal consortia in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
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Every two weeks, our IGAP program harvests clams, mussels, and the surrounding salt water. These are air freighted to Sitka, where a lab tests the PSP levels.
Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) is a naturally occurring marine biotoxin produced by some species of microscopic algae. Shellfish eat these algae and can retain the toxin. People can become ill from eating shellfish contaminated with Paralytic Shellfish Poison. This biotoxin affects the nervous system and paralyzes muscles; thus, the term "paralytic" is shellfish poison. High levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison can cause severe illness and death.
When PIA receives our results, they are posted here and on our Facebook to inform the community.
The IGAP program works hard to help recycle and create this high-potency compost product.
Brandon mixes fish waste with alder chips into the composter, which helps to turn the organic material, creating the compost. PIA sells the compost in 35-pound bags and also as compost tea bags.
Call us at 907-772-3636 to order some today!
Petersburg Indian Association
P.O. Box 1410, Petersburg, AK 99833, US
Phone (907) 772-3636 Fax (907) 772-3637
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