Prevent Toxic Exposures!
Ask Committee to Schedule a Hearing for SB27
Please Voice Your Support for Senate Bill 27!
The House Labor & Commerce Committee needs to hear from constituents like you to ensure SB 27 is scheduled a hearing. Alaska Community Action on Toxics has been working on the National Safer Chemicals Act for the past several years. Locally, we have focused our efforts on Alaskan Senate Bill 27 to ban toxic flame retardants PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers). SB 27 just passed out of the Sentate and the next stop is the House Labor & Commerce Committee. SB 27 needs a hearing by the end of next week, or we may lose years of hard work on this bill.
You may have seen our action alerts focusing on HB 63, but now that SB 27 passed out of the Senate, it supersedes HB 63. So, please take action again – this time asking for representatives to hold a hearing on SB 27 so that they can learn more about this important bill.
Your support of this bill can make all the difference!
Senate Bill 27 will protect the health of Alaskans by phasing out the import of products containing toxic flame retardant chemicals known as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers).
Why should Alaskans be concerned about these toxic chemicals?
PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) are widely used in a variety of consumer products. PBDEs are found in electronics, such as TVs, and used in some furniture foams, fabrics, and kitchen appliances.
PBDEs are persistent bioaccumulative toxics that are having a profound effect on the environment and human health, particularly in Alaska and the Arctic. They accumulate and are long lasting.
PBDEs interfere with thyroid function, cause problems with brain development, and disrupt learning, memory and behavior. They are largely unregulated in the U.S., thus increasing exponentially in the environment, wildlife, and people through widespread releases and exposures in the home, workplace, and foods. Babies are exposed in their mother’s womb and through breast milk.
Women from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska have the highest level of any population in the Arctic.
SB 27 will phase out the use, sale and manufacture of products containing PBDEs by 2013. This legislation will also allow the Department of Environmental Conservation to work with other state agencies to share information to identify and promote safer chemicals and products.
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- Senate Finance Committee
- PBDE Briefing Paper
- Nationwide efforts
- Quick Facts
- PBDE Fact Sheet
- Follow Senate Bill 27
- House Bill 63 has been superseeded by Senate Bill 27 at the Alaska State Legislature.
- PBDEs Briefing Paper for Alaska Legislative Session 2011
- ACAT Testimony SB 27 (2/21/11)
- ACAT Testimony HB 63 (3/16/11)
- ARC of Anchorage Letter of Support (2/16/11)
- Lunch & Learn: Safer Chemicals in Business Featuring Peter Syrett, Associate Principal with Perkins + Will (Listen at Gavel Alaska 2/28/12)
Questions? Call Alaska Community Action on Toxics at 907-222-7714.