Tackling Toxics

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We are working at a community, state, national, and international level to achieve environmental health and justice and to eliminate the production and use of the most dangerous chemicals.

ACAT supports a precautionary approach to chemicals policy. Laws should place the responsibility to prove safety on the chemicals industry and commerce, not on the public. Today, too often the burden of proof lies with those who have been harmed by exposure to toxics. For the most part, toxic substances are considered innocent until proven guilty, when really it should be the other way around.

You can explore the following sections of our website to learn more about how we are exposed to toxic chemicals in our daily lives and how you can join us in taking action to protect Alaska’s fish, wildlife, and people from harmful contaminants.

Our Approach

Alaska Community Action on Toxics works with individuals and communities to tackle toxics, protect health, and achieve justice by offering the following services:

Investigative Research:
We assist individuals and communities in accessing and interpreting information, documents, and records through the Freedom of Information Act, Internet, and literature reviews. We engage in community-based participatory research and work collaboratively to develop community-based environmental sampling, toxics audits, and environmental health surveys. We serve as a clearinghouse for the latest scientific and medical information concerning contaminants, health effects, and cleanup technologies.

Advocacy:
We work with environmental justice organizations throughout the country and internationally to prevent the production and proliferation of toxic and radioactive contaminants that threaten environmental and human health. We assist communities in achieving responsible action from agencies and polluters. We work to strengthen citizens’ rights under community-right-to-know and other environmental laws.

Training:
We bring together scientific and medical experts, environmental justice and tribal leaders, organizers, and activists to share information on environmental sampling, community-based environmental health surveys, GIS technology, health effects, research tools, and media work.