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Alaska Department of Transportation Intends to Spray Cancer-Causing Herbicides Along Anchorage Roadways

  This threatens the health of our residents, especially children, as well as pollinators, pets, and wildlife. Background The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) intends to spray toxic herbicides along many of our roadways in Anchorage for weed control. This threatens the health of our residents, especially children, as well as pollinators, pets, and wildlife. The DOT published an obscure public notice in the Anchorage Daily News on May 2 stating that herbicide spraying will occur between June and October, with some locations subject to three applications. Herbicides will be sprayed along Minnesota Drive, Dowling Road, Sand Lake Road, Jewel ...


Alaska Community Water Quality Report: PFAS Contamination of Municipality of Anchorage and Fairbanks North Star Borough Waters

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) conducted independent water quality testing in 2022 that showed PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination in Anchorage lakes as well as in Ship Creek. These results show contamination in lakes used for swimming and fishing. The results also show contamination in Ship Creek downstream from Joint Base Elmendorf and Fort Richardson (JBER), an important urban ecosystem for fish, wildlife, as well as fishing. The samples from 2021 and 2022 revealed the presence of toxic PFAS chemicals in all the water bodies we tested in both Anchorage and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.


The Destructive Cycle of Nuclear Power in Alaska, From Uranium Mining to Power Generation and Weapons Testing, and Nuclear Waste

Alaska has a history of nuclear experimentation, including weapons testing on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Archipelago, unrealized plans to create a deepwater port near Point Hope (the subject of the book Firecracker Boys by Dan O'Neill), a nuclear reactor operating at the Fort Greely military base near Delta Junction from 1962-1972, and uranium mining at the Ross-Adams Mine in Southeast Alaska. More recently, uranium exploration has taken place near Elim, Alaska on the Seward Peninsula. State legislation was passed last session that streamlines the permitting of small nuclear reactors dubbed as “micronukes” for use in rural communities and to ...

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