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January 23 teleconference: The Toll of Alaska’s Coal – Health Impacts of Coal Export

Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

At every stage – from mining, transportation, combustion, and disposal – coal  development threatens human health, air quality, and water quality. Learn more

Presenters will discuss:

  • Current coal mining proposals in Alaska;
  • The adverse health effects of inhaling diesel particulate matter and coal dust – a significant risk for those communities along truck and train transportation routes; and
  • How toxic emissions (including mercury and other heavy metals) from coal-fired power plants in Asia travel back to Alaska, polluting our air, water, and fish.



  • Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and author of A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals.
  • Regna Merritt, Campaign Director: Prevent Coal Exports, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Regna is a retired physician assistant who works with health professionals and the Power Past Coal Coalition to identify and prevent negative health impacts of proposed coal export projects in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Heidi Zimmer, Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

To join this call: Sign up or call ACAT at 222-7714 to receive the dial-up instructions.





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