ACAT News & Updates
April 11 Public Hearing on Pesticide-Free Anchorage Ordinance
The Pesticide-Free Anchorage Ordinance was introduced in the Anchorage Assembly last week! Now comes the final push to get this legislation passed, and your voice is needed! The public hearing on the ordinance is on April 11 at Loussac Library from 5 pm to 11 pm.
You can find the proposed ordinance here.
You can find talking points here.
You can find how to contact assembly members here.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski chairs the appropriations committee for EPA’s Budget; she needs to hear from us
The Trump Administration is calling for a 25% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. Staffing would be cut by 20% (from 15,000 to 12,400 nationwide – although there are presently only 35 in Alaska) and grants to states would be cut by 30%.
In addition, two dozen programs could be entirely eliminated, including several that have made a big difference in rural Alaska. The
Podcast Available: Science & Action to Protect our Health: the Movement to Achieve Local Ordinances that Prevent the Harmful Use of Pesticides
CHE-Alaska Teleconference Recorded March 29, 2017
On this call, representatives of Beyond Pesticides discuss the latest science concerning environmental health effects of commonly used pesticides, including neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of insecticides that may play a role in recent declines in pollinators and glyphosate, a widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup. We also hear about successful efforts led my community residents across the country to start local movements to
Chemical Company Sets the Bar with New Model for Developing New Chemicals and Testing for Safety Before Manufacturing Begins
Good news! A new scientific study shows there is a replacement for BPA in food can linings that has no measurable estrogenic activity or other endocrine disrupting properties – unlike the many BPA-alternatives that are just as bad (or worse) than BPA.
BPA and its “regrettable substitutions” are linked with breast and prostate cancer, asthma, obesity, behavioral
CHE-Alaska Teleconference recorded February 22, 2017
A growing body of science has linked exposure to hazardous chemicals in common products to cancer, asthma and other chronic diseases. On this call, we hear from representatives of two organizations that are leading the way in testing products for safety. They are also educating consumers, increasing retailer corporate responsibility for the safety of the products they sell, and promoting safer alternatives through research
Mining Activity in Mat-Su Community Now Off Limits Unless a New Permit Is Issued
From: Castle Mountain Coalition, The Alaska Center, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Cook Inletkeeper, Sierra Club
Jan. 18, 2017, SUTTON, AK – Matanuska-Susitna Valley residents commend the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) for ordering a federal inspection of unpermitted coal mining operations by Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. for its Wishbone Hill coal strip mine. The decision comes after the State of