ACAT News & Updates

CHE-Alaska call: Endocrine Disruption at the Top of the World – State of the Science with a Message from Alaska

Wednesday, October 26th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm Eastern)

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About the Call:

pregnantJoin us on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to hear Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of TEDX present the highlights of 25 years of endocrine disruption science. She will speak about recent scientific advances and how hormone disruption may be a common causative factor in many diseases and disorders of the modern world. She will also share her impressions from the 2016 Children’s Environmental Health Summit, “Protecting Children at the Top of the World”, and how the stories of Alaska hold lessons for us all.

Join Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), for a discussion about the scientific research on endocrine disrupting chemicals, its relevance for children’s environmental health, and how it is being used to inform policy.

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Tune In to KTOO 360 North to See “What the Pink?! Protecting the Breasts and the Women You Love”

Featuring scientists and policy experts discussing the connection between toxic chemicals and breast cancer

Public television station KTOO 360 North is re-broadcasting ACAT’s breast cancer prevention lecture series from September 2015 with experts from Silent Spring Institute, Breast Cancer Fund, and Breast Cancer Action. The first showing is tonight (Wed. Oct. 12) at 8:00 pm. The full schedule of all nine showings is shown below.

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EPA Sued for Third Time for Failing to Address Fairbanks’ Dirty Air

Fairbanks residents file lawsuit to enforce government’s duty to address the worst spikes of fine particulate matter in the country, after EPA misses another deadline

Today, Fairbanks residents teamed up with Citizens for Clean Air, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and Sierra Club to get EPA back on track after it missed the third deadline in three years for addressing Fairbanks’ air pollution problem. Fairbanks air quality is some of the worst in the U.S. when it comes to the fine particulates known as PM-2.5. Fine particulates cause a wide variety of serious health problems and are particularly dangerous for children.

Says Fairbanks pulmonologist Dr. Owen Hanley:  “There are few areas in medicine where the cause of illness is so well established, and its prevention so effective, as in the case of air pollution.  It is inexcusable that the vulnerable must repeatedly petition their government for safe air.  Without immediate action by […]

Final Report from Rome: U.N. Committee Says Global Action Warranted on Teflon Chemical and Three Others That Affect The Arctic

Industry influence in carving out exceptions  “troubling”

dsc_9621At the end of a long week of meetings of the U.N.’s POPs scientific review committee in Rome, Pam Miller reports : “We’re tired but happy. Global bans for PFOS, Deca,SCCPs & Dicofol are on the horizon.”

However, industry influence on committee members and government representatives was troubling, allowing exceptions to the bans for various uses that will undermine the treaty’s intention.

For full details, see this IPEN press release: ipen-poprc-pr-23-sept-2016-press-release-for-friday


Day 3 – Good News from Rome!

dsc_0909Good news from Rome! The POPs Review Committee determined the pesticide dicofol “as a result of its long-range environmental transport is likely to lead to significant adverse environmental effects and may lead to significant adverse human health effects, such that global action is warranted.”

Pam Miller, ACAT’s executive director and Co-Chair of IPEN, applauded the determination, noting dicofol’s harmful properties including persistence, tendency for long-range environmental transport to remote regions such as the Arctic, and toxicity to wildlife and humans. The evidence of harm to the health of animals and humans is compelling, including impairment of reproduction, endocrine effects,immune- and neurotoxicity. Miller concluded by saying, “We welcome the opportunity in the next stage of evaluation to offer information on safe, ecological, non-chemical alternatives for agriculture.”

Dr. Meriel Watts, representing the global Pesticide Action Network also welcomed the decision and stated: “We are one step closer now […]