Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

Working to Protect Our Environment Since 1978

Member of the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, and EarthShare of Michigan

Our Mission

CACC stands for Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, a regional grassroots environmental organization centered in the Great Lakes to foster awareness of environmental issues through a network of citizens and organizations. CACC has been working to protect our environment since 1978.

Christopher GrobbelPhoto credit: Marian Kromkowski

Christopher Grobbel, Ph. D. gave a presentation to CACC's General Membership Meeting on October 4, 2014: “Environmental Risks from Michigan Oil and Gas Development - What Can We Do?”  His powerful presentation gives some basic history of the oil and gas industry in Michigan and also lists important tools that local communities can utilize to help protect their watersheds. Among these tools are: local zoning laws, the Public Trust Doctrine and environmental protections in place through the Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA). Christopher Grobbel is a practicing environmental consultant based in Traverse City and an adjunct professor, teaching environmental science, law and policy at MSU since 1992. He has graciously allowed CACC to post his presentation on our website.

Groups call on Snyder: Take immediate action to protect Straits

October 06, 2014
Groups working on the Oil & Water Don't Mix initiative call a press conference to tell Governor Snyder to take immediate, meaningful action to prevent a pipeline oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. The press conference took place Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:30AM at the offices of the Michigan Environmental Council. Read/download the press release here.
View video here:
Underwater footage of the oil pipeline and a TV spot available at
University of Michigan simulation of a straits oil spill available at
For more information, including the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign fact sheet, "Challenging Enbridge’s Line 5 Oil Pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac" visit

CACC supports the work of For Love of Water (FLOW) and is a member of the Michigan Environmental Coalition (MEC). Both MEC and FLOW are coalition members of the Oil and Water Don't Mix Campaign.
supports the work of For Love of Water (FLOW) and is a member of the Michigan Environmental Coalition (MEC). Both MEC and FLOW are coalition members of the Oil and Water Don't Mix Campaign.

CACC has a Facebook Page!

If you are a Facebook user, jump over and like our page. Facebook will be a quick, nimble means of communication from CACC leadership to our members. Organization members and others who use Facebook can use this page to find out about upcoming CACC events, volunteer/activism opportunities. Keep on top of the news on Facebook, and invite your friends to like our Facebook page so we can build a large network.


Thanks to our wonderful Wheatland volunteers and CACC's talented Chef, Connie for another successful weekend at CACC's Kitchen at the annual Wheatland Music Festival! You all are amazing! - Tell your friends about us and join us again next year at Wheatland, Sept. 11, 12 and 13, for great cooking, great fun and great music! Thank you to the CACC Volunteers from the CACC Board of Directors!

CACC endorses Nuclear Free Carbon Free contingent to NYC People's Climate March

September 21st, 2014. Join the March! See: for more information. Hearings start Sept. 9th on proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron. Attend or listen at: to the online webcast. For details, see: CACC's Safe Energy Page. 

Newsletter 36-3 is posted

A Mixed Victory en route to stopping Air Pollution

NEW! You may become a member or renew your membership using PayPal. CACC can also accept your donation by PayPal and you will receive a receipt immediately following the transaction.

The Great Lakes Health Banner has a beautiful new panel, thanks to Voices for Earth Justice, a non-profit group based in Southfield, Michigan, whose members are dedicated to protecting the Earth and lessening the impact of our human footstep.

Voices for Earth Justice provide retreats, workshops & a speakers bureau, sustainable gardening experiences - and much more.

"The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust." - The Earth Charter

---- from Voices for Earth Justice, on their website

one panel
Artist: Sharon Agee, Photo by Gary Michaels.

You are invited to participate in The Great Lakes Health Banner Project

The magnificent Great Lakes Health Banner, representing environmental health concerns of approximately 80 diverse Great Lakes organizations was inspired by the first Health Banner, which was created by the Environmental Health Network, a national group based in Louisiana.

The Great Lakes Health Banner was formally introduced at CACC's Backyard ECO-Conference in 1991. This powerful visual speaks for the protection of the health of our communities and the Great Lakes Watershed. Gretchen Michaels, CACC Director, has teamed with Maryann Stroup of Families for Environmental Health Awareness, the project's original director, to bring new life to this important grassroots art project.

Contributions toward this project will be appreciated and are tax deductible under IRS rules. A contribution of $12 or more will underwrite a square for the Banner.

Check for further information on our Great Lakes Health Banner Page.

Contact Information

Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
8735 Maple Grove Road
Lake, MI 48632-9511

Phone: 989-544-3318

Please be aware that the CACC office is not regularly staffed. Please address any urgent or emergency concerns to the board member nearest you, or our Chairperson from the board page.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum made a presentation on Dioxins in Saginaw, Michigan on April 13, 2005 and was kind enough to grant CACC permission to publish in on our site. You may view it here.