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ACAT News & Updates

You are cordially invited to celebrate the life and work of Rachel Carson on Friday, May 27th!

2016 Rachel Carson flyer ver. 2_web250Rachel Carson was a renowned author, scientist, and  conservationist.  Her book “Silent Spring,” published in 1962, started national conversations and increased public awareness about the effects of synthetic pesticides on the environment. This led to the ban of DDT, new environmental laws, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After her death, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Each year, Alaska Community Action on Toxics gathers on (or around) Rachel Carson’s birthday to celebrate her life and achievements. This year we thought “What would Rachel do?” and concluded that we would bring this event back to its roots. We will have a small gathering on the lawn outside the Kincaid Chalet to enjoy some Rachel readings, some cake, and a wild edibles walk.

The event is free so come join us! Please RSVP […]

Podcast available – From Appalachia to Alaska: Coal Development and the Environmental Justice Movement

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Listen to the podcast of our May 11, 2016 CHE-Alaska call. Alaska possesses roughly half the known coal reserves in the U.S. and there is a current proposal to develop the Chuitna coal strip mine. What can Alaskans learn from the health outcomes and environmental justice movement in Central Appalachia? Speakers: Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell, author of  Fighting King Coal and Carly Wier, Coal Campaign Director at Cook Inletkeeper.

Download podcast (MP3)

Shannon Elizabeth Bell’s slide presentation (PDF) 

Carly Wier’s slide presentation (PDF)

Help prevent harm to the communities affected by the proposed Donlin Gold Mine

Weigh in for fair and equitable public participation!

Transportation Facility Map (1)Thanks to everyone who signed the petition, the deadline for the public comment period for the Donlin Gold Project DEIS has been extended until May 31st!

The Donlin Gold Mine would be a massive open pit, hard-rock gold mine ten miles north of the village of Crooked Creek – one of the largest undeveloped gold resources in the world. If developed, it would have extensive and permanent effects on the environment and communities along the Kuskokwim River. In its current form, it involves:

• Significant releases of mercury into the Kuskokwim River watershed, contamination of streams and rivers, as well as destruction of wetlands;
• A threat to subsistence food sources, commercial salmon fisheries, wildlife, and public health;
• A 2-square-mile pit that would eventually fill with water and require water treatment in perpetuity;
• A 2,240-acre […]

2016 Breast Cancer Lecture Series Coming Soon to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Nome

Dr. Ted SchettlerYou are cordially invited to the 2016 Breast Cancer Prevention Lecture Series! The topic this year is The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing. We are thrilled to feature Dr. Ted Schettler as our guest speaker.

Our genes are the ultimate book of instructions for all that happens in our body. However when and where genes “turn on” to “print” their instructions are influenced by our constantly changing environment. Breast cancer results from mistakes in genes or their instructions; and these mistakes are often caused by environmental influences. Dr. Schettler will discuss known and suspected environmental risks for breast cancer and ways to prevent exposures.

Ted Schettler, MD MPH is Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He also serves as science director of the Collaborative on Health and Environment and science advisor […]

Fairbanks Residents Notify EPA of Intent to Sue for Further Delay in Addressing Dirty Air

Community groups frustrated with the government’s continuing failure to address dirty air, some of the worst in the nation

airquality1aThe Fairbanks North Star Borough has some of the worst and most dangerous air quality in the nation. Today, Alaska community groups joined together — for the second time in as many years — to demand that responsible officials stop dragging their feet and finally address the problems that Borough residents and their families face when simply breathing in Fairbanks.

Citizens for Clean Air, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and the Sierra Club sent a letter calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet its obligation under the law to approve or disapprove a plan submitted last year by the State of Alaska to address air pollution in Fairbanks. The letter, submitted by environmental law firm Earthjustice’s Alaska office, notified EPA […]