ACAT News & Updates
EPA has finally agreed to address the worst spikes of fine particulate matter in the country
The US EPA recently published a notice that it is reclassifying Fairbanks as a “serious” non-attainment area for air pollution. This long-overdue action triggers requirements for the state to adopt the strictest measures possible to address Fairbanks’ years-long pollution problems and bring the area into compliance with national air quality standards.
EPA’s action comes as a result of a pending lawsuit by Fairbanks residents to enforce
Please join us! Our annual Breast Cancer Prevention Lecture Tour is coming up soon, and this year we are thrilled to welcome Meg Schwarzman (MD, MPH) to Alaska.
Dr. Schwarzman is the Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and an Environmental Health Scientist in University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health.
Please join us Thursday, June 29 at the Russian Jack Chalet (1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln,
Podcast Available – Environmental Contributors to Breast Cancer: The underlying science and opportunities for action
Recorded Thursday, June 22, 2017
Megan R. Schwarzman, MD, MPH discusses environmental contributors to breast cancer including endocrine disruption and the developmental origins of adult disease and will identify common environmental pollutants and consumer product chemicals that may act as endocrine disrupting compounds. She also discuss opportunities for individual and collective action to reduce exposure to potential breast carcinogens.
NEWS RELEASE 5/2/2017: UN Chemicals Convention Decisions Perpetuate Environmental Violence Against Indigenous Peoples with Disregard for Fundamental Human Rights
Vi Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics: +1 907.222.7714
Rochelle Diver, International Indian Treaty Council: +1 415.641.4482
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2017 (Geneva) – At the Stockholm Convention 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8), governments bowed to corporate influences in the listing decisions concerning two toxic chemicals under provisions of the treaty. Although delegates agreed to list the chemicals for global elimination, the decisions allow exemptions that extend industrial uses far into the future.
The chemicals are DecaBDE, a flame retardant commonly found in electronic waste,
NEWS RELEASE 5/1/2017: At UN meeting, governments grant unprecedented continued use of toxic chemicals found in children’s toys
For more information:
Pam Miller [email protected]
Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith [email protected]
Geneva, 1 May 2017 – Today at the Stockholm Convention 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8), governments rushed thru decisions to list two toxic chemicals, but provided extraordinary loopholes that permit all uses of them. The chemicals are DecaBDE, a flame retardant commonly found in electronic waste, and SCCPs, an industrial chemical used in metal working and as a flame retardant in plastics.
Both chemicals are persistent, highly toxic, travel long distances and build up in
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