ACAT News & Updates

CHE-Alaska Call July 20: Protecting Alaska’s Children from Neurodevelopmental Harm

Wednesday, July 20, 9:00 AM Alaska Time (10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern)

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Alaska kidsThe chance that a child will develop a neurodevelopmental disorder has risen dramatically in the last 20 years. During the same period, a growing body of scientific research has produced robust evidence that environmental chemicals can play a significant role in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Researchers and clinicians have been working to identify how chemicals in our environment are contributing to these disorders. Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks) has convened nearly 50 top experts who will be publishing a consensus statement that can help chart a course forward toward preventing disability and disease. The new consensus statement will be released in early July. Join us for a discussion with Project TENDR Co-Chairs Ms. Maureen Swanson, representing the Learning Disabilities Association […]

NEWS RELEASE: Alaska Health Advocates Call On Fred Meyer To Ban Toxic BPA in Canned Foods: Community members and Health Advocates Returned Toxic Canned Foods to Anchorage Fred Meyer

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CONTACT: Pamela Miller, Alaska Community Action on Toxics 907-242-9991 (cell); 907-222-7714 (office)

Alaska Health Advocates Call On Fred Meyer To Ban Toxic BPA in Canned Foods:

Community members and Health Advocates Returned Toxic Canned Foods

to Anchorage Fred Meyer

(Anchorage, Alaska) Concerned community members and local health advocates from Alaska today are joining a national movement to urge major grocery chain Fred Meyer to stop selling canned foods packaged with toxic bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder. They are asking Fred Meyer [Kroger] to commit to a policy to eliminate BPA and use a safe substitute for the toxic chemical in canned food. Advocates will symbolically return canned foods containing BPA to the store along with a letter to the store manager, […]

Don’t Reach for Roundup!

A message from ACAT Executive Director Pamela Miller

Just Say No to Roundup Have you walked into one of the big box stores or local garden stores lately? It’s astonishing to see the shelves and shelves of pesticidal products offered for use on lawns and gardens. Herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, miticides . . . yikes! And, of course, these are manufactured and promoted by such infamous chemical corporations as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, and Dupont. Don’t we need this stuff to control weeds, insects, and other “pests?” There is a better way! I urge you to check out Yarducopia and our organic gardening classes to learn more.

Let’s look at the recent findings about glyphosate,  the most heavily used pesticide in the world and the active ingredient in Roundup. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum contact herbicide. Over the past twenty years, the use of glyphosate increased at a faster […]

NEWS RELEASE: EPA Sued for Failing to Address Fairbanks’ Dirty Air

fairbank inversion croppedFairbanks residents file second lawsuit to enforce government’s duty to address the worst spikes of fine particulate matter pollution in the country

On June 9, for the second time in as many years, Alaska community groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fulfill its responsibility to protect Borough residents and their families from breathing polluted air in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has the worst spikes in fine particulate matter air pollution in the nation. The type of fine particulate matter pollution prevalent in Fairbanks — 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter — has been found to cause a wide range of serious health problems, including asthma attacks, chronic respiratory disease, reduction in lung function, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for cardiopulmonary diseases, cancer, and even premature death.  Fine particulate matter air pollution is of particular danger to children, reducing lung […]

ACAT’s Pam Miller Elected Co-Chair of IPEN!

Congratulations to ACAT’s Executive Director Pam Miller on her election to co-chair of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). This global network of 700 nonprofit organizations in 116 countries shares a commitment to achieving a toxic-free future where chemical production, use, and disposal does not harm people or the environment.

Manny Calonzo and Pamela Miller, April 2016

Pam said, “I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to serve IPEN in a new role. I’ve been greatly inspired by the collective work of IPEN and am dedicated to working together with IPEN’s amazing network of grassroots organizations for the health and dignity of all beings of this planet.”

Pam and ACAT have worked with IPEN since 1998 to negotiate and implement the Stockholm Convention (Treaty) on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The treaty’s purpose is elimination of the world’s worst chemicals, which migrate to Arctic regions and create […]