What is an Acceptable Cancer Risk and what is Alaska’s set at?

We should first note that we don’t believe any incidences of cancer are “acceptable,” but for the sake of discussing this regulation, the Acceptable Cancer Risk is the policy set by the state aimed at keeping incidences of cancer due to bioaccumulative toxins within a certain threshold. Each state, as with the Fish Consumption Rate, sets its own Acceptable Cancer Risk. Most states have adopted an acceptable risk of 1 in a million incidences of cancer. Yet Alaska’s is still set at a less protective rate of 1 in a 100,000, meaning Alaska tolerates 10x more incidences of cancer than other states. Between this rate being set too high and the FCR being set too low, Alaska’s pristine waters and water-based resources remain unprotected from future degradation.