February 16, 2011
Join the Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) for a free teleconference discussion on mercury pollution in Alaska. Learn about local and global sources of mercury pollution in Alaska, health effects and global actions to reduce mercury exposure. Presenters include Dr. Kendra Zamzow, PhD, of the Center for Science in Public Participation, Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, MD, of University at Buffalo, and Sarah Petras, MPH of Alaska Community Action on Toxics.
Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal that has been linked to a range of adverse health effects including learning and developmental disorders, cardiovascular disease, and immune suppression. The primary sources of mercury pollution in Alaska are emissions from coal-fired power plants in Asia that travel to Alaska via air and ocean currents. Mercury accumulates in fish, wildlife and people. Humans are primarily exposed through consumption of mercury-contaminated fish and other seafood. The development of proposed coal mines in Alaska will lead to increased export of Alaskan coal to Asia, which will in turn increase mercury pollution here at home. To learn even more, check out ACAT’s new report: Coal Ash in Alaska: Our Health, Our Right to Know (PDF).
To join this free call, please RSVP to ACAT at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 222-7714.
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