Dear Senators: We request your leadership in fixing this legislation in order to:
- ensure that chemicals are safe before they end up in our everyday products and
- increase access to basic safety and health information
Mothers—and everyone who knows and loves a child–are keenly aware of the health effects of mercury. Mercury and related compounds are potent neurotoxins that can cause serious, long-term, adverse health effects in humans, especially young children. Mercury exposure causes developmental disorders in children, such as learning disabilities, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and impaired memory and motor function; and also contributes to cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disturbance and suppressed immune systems in humans of all ages.
Alaskans’ health is threatened by widespread mercury pollution from increased coal combustion overseas, a result of exporting Alaska coal from proposed strip mines in the Chuitna Watershed and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Please add your name to the Mothers Against Mercury Petition.
Our coalition is working hand-in-hand with Mat-Su health professionals just like you to provide state agencies and the public with the best available science on public health risks associated with proposed coal mining projects in our valley. Add your name to the petition requesting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment for Wishbone Hill and all future coal mines in Alaska. Sign on!
Previous Action Alerts
Have you ever noticed tags (such as the one in the image to the left) on pillows, couches, chairs, and basically anything containing foam? Those tags and the toxic chemicals in that item were put there by a 1975 furniture flammability standard in California called Technical Bulletin 117. It became the de facto standard for much of our nation’s and even the world’s furniture industry and has been called “the law that polluted the world”. Take Action.
Take a moment – to look beneath your chair or cushion. Do you see a tag such as the image to the right on your furniture? If it is, the foam inside your chair likely contains toxic flame retardants because of this old law ‘TB117″. In fact, this technical standard has not significantly improved fire safety – smoke detectors and the changes made to cigarettes which cause them to smolder rather than ignite fabric have done that. In fact, it has been shown that once the fabric covering the foam ignites, the flame retardants cause worse fires by smoldering and creating toxic gas. Please comment.
The chemical industry fights every effort to strengthen the regulation of flame retardants in furniture. The Chicago Tribune has an entire investigative series exposing industry efforts to sabotage this work. Please Take Action.
Immediate action is needed to protect our health from the most dangerous chemicals.
Studies continue to demonstrate the link between chemical exposure and serious illness, including cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological diseases and asthma.
Let’s fix this.
Since the death of her newborn from exposure to pesticides 13 years ago, Sofía Gatica has been working tirelessly with other moms to hold Monsanto and Co. accountable for the harms they impose. She met with the White House in April to ask President Obama to hold Monsanto & Co accountable.
Sofía — winner of the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize — hand delivered a letter to a top White House official, Ms. Nancy Sutley of the Council on Environmental Quality, urging the administration to investigate Monsanto’s “pesticide poisonings and livelihood harms” in her Argentine community, the U.S. and beyond. Urge the White House to respond.
Hold corporations accountable.
State Proposes to Eliminate Public Voice in Decisions about Pesticide Spraying on State Public Lands and Rights of Way.
The Governor and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) are proposing drastic changes to pesticide regulations that would weaken democratic participation in decisions that affect water quality, fish habitat, and public health.
“If Alaskans’ drinking water, children or fishing streams are at risk, Alaskans should have a say.” ~Rep. Les Gara
Deadline: August 2, 2012, 5pm. ACAT’s comments submitted 8/2/12.
Anchorage roadways drain into our creeks where our children play and where we fish!
Deadline: July 21st, 2012
ACAT’s Comments submitted 7/21/12
Deadline: June 30th, 2012
Spraying the proposed herbicide mixture threatens salmon streams, drinking water sources, berry-picking areas, farms and the Susitna Flats Game Refuge.
The proposed herbicide applications threaten human health. Glyphosate has been linked to certain cancers, endocrine, reproductive and developmental health effects in humans.
ACAT’s comments submitted 5/30/12
Deadline: June 14th, 2012
Tell the HIA Program that we deserve a Comprehensive Health Impact Assessment that fully evaluates health risks posed by an open pit coal mine in an Alaskan neighborhood.
ACAT’s comments on the Draft Health Impact Assessment, submitted 6/14/12
Deadline: April 2012, end of Alaska legislative session
Update: At the end of the 2012 Session, after passing the Senate, this bill was held by the House Labor & Commerce Committee after hearing testimony by phone from a chemical industry front group. Please see the Chicago Tribune’s Watchdog Flames: an investigative report into the false testimony provided by paid chemical industry consultants. This testimony damaged legislative actions in several states on Safer Chemicals legislation. View Anchorage’s KTUU news story: Misleading Testimony May Have Influenced Lawmaking In Juneau.
Protect public health & prevent toxic exposures.
- Success! The Senate Finance Committee passed SB 27.
- Success! SB 27 passed the Senate and moves to the House.
Take action today to ask for support for this important legislation which will ban the import of products containing toxic flame retardant chemicals known as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). Read more.
Deadline: April 2012, end of Alaska legislative session
The Port MacKenzie Railroad Extension project will directly benefit coal transportation & resource extraction. Do you want to breathe the milions of pounds of coal dust blown from proposed coal stockpiles just a few miles from downtown Anchorage? Ask Senate Finance Committee to protect our health by removing funding for the Port MacKenzie rail extension project from the capital budget. Read more.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation proposes spraying herbicides along the railroad tracks, which directly threatens salmon streams, drinking water sources, berry-picking areas, farms and neighborhoods. This toxic herbicide mixture contains glyphosate and other chemicals known to harm human health. These chemicals are associated with birth defects, damage to DNA, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and cancer. Tell the DEC to deny all three of ARRC’s permit applications for herbicide use. Read more. Deadline: March 12, 2012, 4pm.
ACAT’s Comments to ADEC Regarding three Proposed Permits for Application of Herbicides by the Alaska Railroad Corporation: Glyphosate (March 12, 2012)
HB 63 “Preventing Toxic Exposures” is a bill that would ban the import of products containing harmful flame retardant chemicals known as PBDEs. Your support today for this important legislation will help Alaska join twelve other states that have banned toxic flame retardants to protect human health and the environment. Read more. Deadline: April 9, 2011
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical widely used in consumer products including soaps, facial cleansers, toothpaste, cosmetics, deodorant and other personal care products. Now found in the bodies of 75% of the U.S. population, triclosan is linked to endocrine disruption, bacterial and antibiotic resistance, dioxin contamination, and contaminated fish and biosolids. While consumers might think triclosan can protect them from harmful bacteria, it turns out that the use of this dangerous chemical in household products is no more effective than soap and water – and may be doing more harm than good. Urge EPA to ban triclosan from consumer products. Read More. Triclosan Fact Sheet. Deadline: February 7, 2011
Coal ash, the waste remaining after coal is burned, contains some of the most dangerous toxics on the planet — and it’s leaching, leaking and spilling out of disposal sites across the nation. The EPA is currently considering proposals for coal ash regulations, and public input is encouraged. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard on this important issue. Read more. Deadline: November 19, 2010
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Letters to the Editor
Letters to local and statewide papers are an effective way to get your message heard by decision makers while also informing other Alaskans. Personalizing your story will make it more compelling.
Be sure to include your full name, affiliation (if any), hometown and a contact phone number where you can be reached days following the submittal. We suggest calling the editor(s) to make sure it gets in print.
See list of Alaska Newspapers and Publications for contact information.
Anchorage Daily News: Letter to the Editor online form
Fairbanks Daily News Miner online form or send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email ([email protected]). Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days. All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.
Dillingham: Bristol Bay Times
Kotzubue: Arctic Sounder
Juneau Capital City Weekly
Matanuska Susitna Frontiersman
Bethel Tundra Drums
Alaska Business Monthly