ACAT News & Updates

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
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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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Calling All Champions of Environmental Health and Justice!

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.

April

By |March 30th, 2017|Categories: Home Posts|Comments Off on Calling All Champions of Environmental Health and Justice!

What does the proposed 25% cut to EPA’s budget mean for Alaska?

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

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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

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