Toxic Chemicals

From before we are born until the time we die, we are repeatedly and regularly exposed to toxic chemicals with the potential to seriously harm our health. Toxic chemicals can be found in our homes, schools and workplaces – in products we use on a daily basis. We're fighting at local, state, and federal levels to fix our chemical laws and find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products.

paint stripper / photo: flickr.com/photos/89119745@N00 (CC BY 2.0)

Tell Trump’s EPA: Ban these dangerous chemicals now!

Last year, EPA proposed bans on two toxic chemicals found in paint strippers, and a third chemical solvent. But now the Trump administration is dragging it's feet and leaving workers and consumers at risk of illness, and even death.

Recent Actions

Protect Minnesota families and firefighters from toxic flame retardants

Rhode Island and Maine recently banned a class of flame retardants called organohalogens and it’s time for Minnesota to do the same! Ask your lawmakers to stand with the health of families and firefighters today.

Let’s Stand Up To Dow and Shell For Public Health on 1,2,3-TCP

Don't let these deep-pocketed responsible parties prevent the state from setting standards that ensure our drinking water is safe!

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Press Releases

November 16, 2016

Report reveals significant improvements to chemical policies at Walmart, Target, CVS and Best Buy

 

For immediate release

September 7, 2016

Clean Water Action is calling for California lawmakers to act against the hidden dangers of toxics in food packaging, with thousands of unregulated chemicals contaminating food every day.

July 8, 2016

Newark, NJ--The City of Newark made history when the Newark Municipal Council passed a first-in-the-nation Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance which will require the Board of Adjustment and Central Planning Board to receive additional information from development applicants in order to build in a healthy and sustainable way.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

Donald Trump's EPA - Who's behind the masks?
October 31, 2017

With the possible exception of those stuck in the attic searching for a Halloween costume, we've all seen the havoc unleashed by the Trump EPA lately — the proposed rollbacks of commonsense safeguards that protect us from air and water pollution and that restrict exposure to toxic chemicals in our lives. This has real world impacts, making our communities less safe and harming young children and the most vulnerable among us in particular.

Maria Belen Power - Chelsea GreenRoots, Andrea Nyamekye - Neighbor to Neighbor, Madeleine Scammell - BUSPH
October 25, 2017

Photo: Maria Belen Power - Chelsea GreenRoots (center), Andrea Nyamekye - Neighbor to Neighbor (left), Madeleine Scammell - BUSPH (right) testify at environmental justice hearing

October 19, 2017

What is IT, you ask? It’s bettering our products, homes, and lives by going flame retardant free! These chemicals have been linked to increased rates of cancer and problems with fertility, development and the nervous system and can be found in many common household items such as furniture, electronics, and toys.