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

New global study: POPs Recycling Contaminates Children’s Toys with Toxic Flame Retardants

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.


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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:

  • Pam Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Vi Waghiyi, St. Lawrence Island Yupik of the Native Village of Savoonga, Environmental Health

Podcast Available: New Study Shows Link between Flame Retardants and Children’s Social Behavior

CHE-Alaska Teleconference, Recorded Tuesday, April 25

Listen to recording

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

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NEWS RELEASE 4/12/17: Anchorage Assembly Passes Pesticide-Free Anchorage Ordinance

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

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