ACAT News & Updates

ACAT in the News: ADN Publishes Pam Miller’s Op-Ed on Children’s Brain Development

Urgent call to prevent harm to children’s brain development from harmful chemicals

2012_Pam_Miller“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 . . . .”

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ACAT and Mat Su Residents Celebrate Ruling on Wishbone Hill Mining Permit

Judge rules twenty-five year old permit expired under the law’s plain meaning

Sierra club pic of valleyIt 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 […]

Unprecedented Alliance of Scientists, Health Professionals, and Advocates Agree Toxic Chemicals Are Hurting Brain Development

Project TENDR calls for immediate action to reduce toxic exposures in the environment

The alliance, known as Project TENDR (“Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks”), is calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals found in food, air, and everyday products to protect brain development for today’s and tomorrow’s children.

Neurodevelopmental disorders include intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, hyperactivity, other maladaptive behaviors, and learning disabilities.   Project TENDR’s consensus statement can be found here.

Prime examples of the chemicals and pollutants that are contributing to children’s learning, intellectual, and behavioral impairment include:

  • Organophosphate pesticides
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants
  • Combustion-related air pollutants, which generally include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)


CHE-Alaska Call July 20: Protecting Alaska’s Children from Neurodevelopmental Harm

Wednesday, July 20, 9:00 AM Alaska Time (10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern)

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Alaska kidsThe chance that a child will develop a neurodevelopmental disorder has risen dramatically in the last 20 years. During the same period, a growing body of scientific research has produced robust evidence that environmental chemicals can play a significant role in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Researchers and clinicians have been working to identify how chemicals in our environment are contributing to these disorders. Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks) has convened nearly 50 top experts who will be publishing a consensus statement that can help chart a course forward toward preventing disability and disease. The new consensus statement will be released in early July. Join us for a discussion with Project TENDR Co-Chairs Ms. Maureen Swanson, representing the Learning Disabilities Association […]

NEWS RELEASE: Alaska Health Advocates Call On Fred Meyer To Ban Toxic BPA in Canned Foods: Community members and Health Advocates Returned Toxic Canned Foods to Anchorage Fred Meyer

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CONTACT: Pamela Miller, Alaska Community Action on Toxics 907-242-9991 (cell); 907-222-7714 (office)

Alaska Health Advocates Call On Fred Meyer To Ban Toxic BPA in Canned Foods:

Community members and Health Advocates Returned Toxic Canned Foods

to Anchorage Fred Meyer

(Anchorage, Alaska) Concerned community members and local health advocates from Alaska today are joining a national movement to urge major grocery chain Fred Meyer to stop selling canned foods packaged with toxic bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder. They are asking Fred Meyer [Kroger] to commit to a policy to eliminate BPA and use a safe substitute for the toxic chemical in canned food. Advocates will symbolically return canned foods containing BPA to the store along with a letter to the store manager, […]