ACAT News & Updates
Podcast available – Ensuring a Healthy Environment for All Children: the Need for Research, Policy, and Urgent Action
Call recorded August 24, 2016
Children are more vulnerable to environmental health hazards than adults. They may be exposed in utero and throughout their development with potentially long-term harm to their health. Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) discusses children’s vulnerabilities, the need for protection, and initiatives to protect children’s environmental health. Nse is one of several experts who will be speaking at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit on October 5 and 6 at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.
If you like talking with people and you want to change the world (and get paid for it), we’ve got a job for you!
ACAT is looking for the right people for our team of door canvassers. The canvass runs from September 15 through October 4. If you want to join ACAT’s team, please follow the link to find the job description and instructions for applying.
New “Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies” Available Now!
The start of the school year is approaching . . . and with it, the hunt for school supplies. Our friends at Center for Health, Environment, and Justice have just what you need to avoid buying your child backpacks, binders, laptops, lunchboxes and other stuff with toxic PVC: The “2016 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies” is ready!
Why shop for PVC-free School Supplies? Vinyl is the most toxic plastic on the planet. From production to use and disposal, vinyl uses and releases hazardous chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and birth defects that are building up in our children’s bodies and food supply. Research has uncovered elevated levels of toxic phthalates in common school supplies.
There’s also a shorter, print-ready Wallet Guide.
Urgent call to prevent harm to children’s brain development from harmful chemicals
“Children in Alaska are especially vulnerable to chemical exposures that may affect their present and future lives. Compelling scientific evidence links exposures to certain toxic chemicals with learning and developmental disabilities . . . .”
See the full article here.
Judge rules twenty-five year old permit expired under the law’s plain meaning
It only took four years, but common sense has prevailed. The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Chickaloon Village Traditional Council, local residents, ACAT and other conservation organizations, agreeing that a federal law that says a coal mining permit “shall” terminate if mining doesn’t start within three years of permit issuance means what it says.
The Wishbone Hill coal permit was issued in 1991, but Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. did not start mining until 2010. Usibelli could submit a new permit application under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, thus triggering a new public process allowing neighbors to weigh in.
In the early 1990s, the area around the mine was very different. Few people lived nearby; now there are more than 900 homes within a mile. Twenty-five […]