ACAT News & Updates

What does the proposed 25% cut to EPA’s budget mean for Alaska?

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski chairs the appropriations committee for EPA’s Budget; she needs to hear from us

The Trump Administration is calling for a 25% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Staffing would be cut by 20% (from 15,000 to 12,400 nationwide – although there are presently only 35 in Alaska) and grants to states would be cut by 30%.

In addition, two dozen programs could be entirely eliminated, including several that have made a big difference in rural Alaska. The

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Science & Action to Protect our Health: the Movement to Achieve Local Ordinances that Prevent the Harmful Use of Pesticides

CHE-Alaska Teleconference

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

9:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm Eastern)

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Taking grassroots action in your community is a powerful way to effect change and protect health. Beyond Pesticides is a national organization that has worked successfully with community residents across the country to start local movements to get toxic chemicals out of their towns, cities, counties, and schools. Join this call to hear

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New Study Reveals A Promising Alternative for Endocrine-Disrupting BPA and Its Toxic Cousins

Chemical Company Sets the Bar with New Model for Developing New Chemicals and Testing for Safety Before Manufacturing Begins

Good news! A new scientific study shows there is a replacement for BPA in food can linings that has no measurable estrogenic activity or other endocrine disrupting properties – unlike the many BPA-alternatives that are just as bad (or worse) than BPA.

BPA and its “regrettable substitutions” are linked with breast and prostate cancer, asthma, obesity, behavioral

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Podcast Available – Chemicals in Consumer Products: Science and Policy Actions to Eliminate Hazards

CHE-Alaska Teleconference recorded February 22, 2017

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A growing body of science has linked exposure to hazardous chemicals in common products to cancer, asthma and other chronic diseases. On this call, we hear from representatives of two organizations that are leading the way in testing products for safety. They are also educating consumers, increasing retailer corporate responsibility for the safety of the products they sell, and promoting safer alternatives through research

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NEWS RELEASE 1/18/17 | Mat-Su Residents Applaud Decision on Expired Wishbone Hill Permit

Mining Activity in Mat-Su Community Now Off  Limits Unless a New Permit Is Issued

From: Castle Mountain Coalition, The Alaska Center, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Cook Inletkeeper, Sierra Club

Jan. 18, 2017, SUTTON, AK – Matanuska-Susitna Valley residents commend the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) for ordering a federal inspection of unpermitted coal mining operations by Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. for its Wishbone Hill coal strip mine. The decision comes after the State of

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Podcast Available: Plastics and Chemicals in the Marine Environment—Effects on Seabirds in the Bering Sea and on Global Marine Ecosystems

CHE-Alaska call recorded January 25, 2017

Podcast

On this call, Veronica Padula, graduate student at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at University of Alaska discusses her research project investigating the effects of plastic marine debris on seabird communities in the Bering Sea, particularly exposure to harmful plastic-associated compounds such as phthalates, known hormone disrupters. Christie Keith, International Coordinator at Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) talks about the science and implications of

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