Call from Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 am Alaska Time

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Join us for an update on herbicide spraying issues in Alaska. The State of Alaska Department of Transportation is proposing to use herbicides along transportation corridors in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Railroad is currently using herbicides. Other agencies are proposing expanded herbicide use to control invasive species on public lands and waters. Many people believe that if the EPA has approved a particular herbicide then it must be “safe.” Unfortunately, this is far from true. What are possible effects of these chemical mixtures and what are safer alternatives? There is mounting scientific evidence that some EPA-approved herbicides, as well as so-called “inert” ingredients in the formulas have adverse health effects. Find out how the EPA approves herbicides for use and why the process fails to protect public health. Hear the latest science on widely used herbicides such as glyphosate and 2,4-D and find out about efforts in Alaska to establish buffer zones and restore public participation.

PRESENTERS
Pam Miller, Executive Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Dr. Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist in Natural Resource Defense Council’s Health and Environment program and Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Alaska State Representative for Alaska’s thirty-fourth district which encompasses many Southeast island communities

Resources

Alaska Public Media: DOT To Commence Herbicide Spraying In Southeast

Letter to Governor Walker

HB 201 Testimony

Comment on Pesticide Regulations

Glyphosate Information

Dr. Sass Follow Up Materials