ACAT News & Updates

2011, 2015

Why the U.S. Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market: A Conversation with Journalist Elizabeth Grossman

Join us Wednesday, December 9, 2015 9:00 am – 10:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm Eastern)

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2631180452_2c33d24331_oJoin award-winning journalist Elizabeth Grossman for a discussion of her 6-month investigation with journalist Valerie Brown into why the United States leaves deadly chemicals on the market. Their investigation found that the revolving door between government and private industry has led the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

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311, 2015

Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Call from Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Frank von Hippel Presentation 

Sam Byrne Presentation 

image001Concerns over increases in the level of cancers, reproductive problems, and thyroid disease on St. Lawrence Island prompted the Yupik communities of Gambell and Savoonga to engage in research to better understand sources of environmental contaminants that may be linked to health disparities on the island. Since 2000, a […]

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2610, 2015

UN Experts: Toxic flame retardant used in electronics should be eliminated globally PFOA – the “Teflon chemical” starts its journey to global elimination

A UN expert committee recommended the global elimination of DecaBDE – a toxic flame retardant chemical widely used in electrical equipment and present in e-waste. In its recommendation for the Stockholm Convention, the Committee cited DecaBDE’s persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport, and its toxic impacts. Governments around the world will decide on the recommendation in May 2017, but typically accept the recommendations of its expert committees.

The Committee decision recommends that governments consider granting specific exemptions for […]

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