Making healthy people and healthy communities part of our energy future.

Every child in the U.S. is born with hundreds of toxic chemicals in their bodies. Industrial pollutants are the leading contributor to chemical illness.

Exposure to pollutants and industrial chemicals is preventable!

We are dedicated to protecting workers and the public from oil-chemical pollutants and reducing toxic exposures.

We provide knowledge and skills to help you and your community understand the science and law to take informed action to reduce oil-chemical pollutants and exposures in your home and community.

Then, we collaborate with communities to advocate state and national laws to protect the health of our workers and families from oil-chemical pollutants and exposures, whether from daily activities or industrial disasters.

Together, we co-create a healthy energy future, based on the best available science and evidence-based action.

What we do.

Trainings - Boots on the Ground

We strengthen environmental justice leadership by working collaboratively to reduce toxic exposures from oil-chemical activities in frontline communities. Our trainings bring accessible science on the health risks and symptoms of oil-chemical pollutants and empower people to prepare for and respond to oil spills in their community to reduce toxic exposures.

Changing Law from the Ground Up

We build coalitions amongst native tribes, government, workers, fishermen, science and community groups to strengthen oil spill preparation and response policies for better protection of response workers, residents and visitors and we advocate stronger laws and rules to reduce and protect people, wildlife, and the environment from toxic exposures during oil spill response.

Science, Research & Public Education

We make science and medical research accessible to the people through our public talks, workshops, science-based educational materials, reports and media. We report on the latest oil-chemical explosions and spills to build public awareness of the health risks and ways to reduce those risks, and we debunk industry reports with hard facts and independent science.

Litigation with our Partners

We use litigation as a last resort to force policy change. Sometimes we have to call out government for its dereliction of duties and to ensure that laws are upheld, changed or enforced to reduce and protect people from oil-chemical exposures.


What you don’t know about oil spill response can kill you.

ALERT with it's allies has filed a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise its rules on the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill response and update its plan to protect our workers and families from toxic exposures during oil-chemical disasters.

No drilling if you’re not prepared for spilling!

It’s disgraceful.

Our nation’s emergency response plan for oil is 26 years old. Do you think they drill with 26-year-old technology?

It’s dangerous.

The plan permits widespread use of toxic chemical dispersants that do more harm than good to people and wildlife.

It’s dumb.

Our government should know better than to use products that carry warnings like “Do not contaminate surface water.”

It’s deceptive.

Dispersants “disappear” oil off the water surface for the sake of appearing “clean,” but where does the oil go?

It's time for action!

It’s time to stop drilling until oil companies can clean up their oil spills without poisoning people, oceans and coastlines.

It’s time to update the National Contingency Plan to meet 21st century science.

It's time to change policy from the ground up, and we need you to make it happen in 2020. Are you with us?

Call congressional delegates to...

Ask the EPA to update the National Contingency Plan based on current science.

Ban hazardous dispersants!

photo by John L Wathen

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ALERT in the news.

Activists Sue Trump Administration to Update Rules for Oil Spill Dispersants

January 30, 2020

If the Trump administration succeeds in opening new areas of the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling, one thing is almost certain: There will be oil spills.

EPA Is Getting Sued Over the Toxic Chemicals Used To Clean Up Oil Spills

January 30, 2020

Ten years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spilling 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst oil spill in history.

Thirty years after Exxon Valdez, the response to oil spills is still all wrong

March 26, 2019

Chemical dispersants used to clean up spills have harmed marine wildlife, response workers and coastal residents. The EPA must act!

Dispersants that EPA allows to help clean up oil spills sickens people and fish

March 26, 2019

People exposed to the oil and chemical dispersants suffer coughing, wheezing and rashes, lawsuit says.


ALERT director featured
at Sundance Film Festival

The Cost of Silence, a 2020 documentary film by Mark Manning, exposes the horrific health consequences of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and features our efforts to protect communities from oil-chemical toxic exposures.

ALERT Director and marine toxicologist, Dr. Riki Ott and the film director were invited to speak at Entertainment Weekly x NRDC Sundance Film Festival Panel Series at this year’s festival, after the film was officially selected.

What are dispersants and how are they used?

Check out our Dispersants Myths and Facts Guide

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  After eight years of preparation and waiting, The ALERT Project has officially sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its outdated National Contingency Plan, the nation’s emergency response plan for oil spills.  The Plan was last updated in 1994 – 26 years ago.  Oil companies are supposed to…

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It’s said that maritime law is written in blood or oil—after disasters rather than before them. The same can be said of our nation’s emergency oil and chemical disaster response plan, the National Contingency Plan (NCP or the Plan).Our campaign to ban toxic dispersants from use during oil spill response started…

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