ACAT News & Updates
ACAT delegation in Geneva seeking worldwide ban of three industrial chemicals that are harming the Arctic and its people
First up are Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs), which are probable human carcinogens, disrupt the endocrine system, and cause kidney, liver, and thyroid damage
Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are widely used industrial chemicals used primarily in metalworking. They are used as plasticizers and flame retardants in consumer products, especially in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, adhesives, and paints.
No other persistent organic pollutant has been produced in quantities as large as SCCPs. And their production and
Toys from Anchorage stores were tested and found to be contain toxic contaminants
ACAT was part of a new global survey that found recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy along with other children’s products. Ironically, the chemical contaminants can damage the nervous system and reduce intellectual capacity but are found in Rubik’s Cubes – a puzzle toy designed to exercise the mind.
Presentation: Indigenous Women, Human Rights and Environmental Toxics: Amplifying Our Voices in the World Arena
In preparation for the upcoming 8th Conference of the Parties of the UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
TODAY: Monday, April 17 11 am (Alaska time), 12 noon (Pacific time), 1 pm (Mountain time), 2 pm (Central time), 3 pm (Eastern time)
To download the slides for today’s presentation, please click on the presenters’ names:
CHE-Alaska Teleconference, Recorded Tuesday, April 25
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Some chemicals added to consumer products to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University. The study recruited 92 Oregon children between ages 3-5 to wear a silicone wristband for seven days to measure exposure to flame retardants. When researchers analyzed teacher-related social behavior assessments and exposure
New law protects Anchorage streams, drinking water, and public health
Last night, the Anchorage Assembly decided in a 10-1 vote to pass AO 2017-59, an ordinance that establishes pesticide-free policies and restrictions for parks, public lands and properties. This measure strengthens the public’s right to know and fosters a healthy approach to caring for our parks and public lands that minimizes the use of harmful pesticides. The ordinance received overwhelming community support in