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Teleconference: Public Health Impacts of Coal Transport & Export

Wednesday, April 25, 9:00 am Alaska Time

Breathing coal dust has been linked to higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high blood pressure, lung disease, and kidney disease.
Join this free one-hour teleconference to learn why:
-160 Washington physicians are calling for a comprehensive health impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal.
-Seward residents began their own air quality monitoring to answer questions about how much fugitive coal dust is getting into the air and what substances it contains.
-Development of new coal mines at Wishbone Hill and Chuitna would likely increase the risk of coal dust exposures along transportation routes and in Seward.


-Frank James, MD, family physician, public health officer for San Juan County and Nooksack Tribe, and member of the University of Washington School of Public Health faculty.
-Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor. Denny helped to set up the community air quality monitoring project in Seward last month.
To join this call: Email or call ACAT at 222-7714 to receive the dial-up instructions.
Sponsored by the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK), a program of Alaska Community Action on Toxics.
For more information, please call 907-222-7714 or visit



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