CHE-Alaska Teleconference: Recorded November 13, 2013

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About the Call:

On this teleconference call, Dr. Steven G. Gilbert, director and founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), traces what happens from the time dirty coal is mined until it is burned to release the mercury that blows our way from coal-fired power plants in China. On this call we discuss how mercury biomagnifies and bioaccumulates in Pacific fish and the health effects of mercury exposure in children and adults.

Jamey Duhamel, Director of the Castle Mountain Coalition begins the call with a brief overview of coal mining in Alaska.

Speakers:

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT is director and founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), and an affiliate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. His research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system.  His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004, and the 2nd edition is available for free as an e-book. He recently started the wiki-based web site Toxipedia,which includes a suite of sites that put scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture.

Resources:

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Coal Train Facts

Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment (PSR and Earthjustice)