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The Realities of Chemical Recycling and the Plastic Pollution Crisis

In the midst of the global plastics pollution crisis, there has been recent growing interest in recycling technologies for plastic, including “advanced recycling” and “chemical recycling.” However, recycling processes don’t diminish the harm if the starting materials had harmful chemicals in the first place. More than 13,000 chemicals are used in plastic production, including thousands…
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PFAS in Locally Caught Fish: Threats to Health & Environmental Justice

Check out the Webinar Highlights fact sheet for key findings and quotes from this webinar.   Efforts to address PFAS contamination have been primarily directed at exposure from drinking water. However, a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found substantially higher PFAS levels in locally caught freshwater fish across the United States. Per-…

Take Action to Protect D-1 Lands! Submit a comment

Please join us in protecting our lands, waters, and the health of Alaska Native communities. For present and future generations, we need to protect these beautiful and critical places from exploitation and extraction!   ANCSA 17(d)(1) Withdrawals Draft EIS The Bureau of Land Management is receiving public comments on the ANCSA (Alaska Native Claims Settlement…

No Ambler Road! Submit a comment

We’re nearing the end of the 60-day public comment period on the proposed Ambler Industrial Access Road, and your voice can make a difference in the protection of this region.   The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS). This is your opportunity to urge the Biden Administration to…
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Blog: The Falsehood of “Critical and Strategic” Minerals

  In a recent CHE-Alaska webinar, featured speakers Austin Ahmasuk and Bonnie Gestring spoke on the deceiving portrayal of “strategic” minerals and how this label is used to justify dangerous extractive practices as essential to mineral demand in the U.S. and necessary for the transition to renewable energy. According to the Department of the Interior, a…

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