Toxic chemicals surround us—in our air, water, homes, and workplaces. Many chemicals used in everyday products, like plastics, cosmetics, toys, and furniture, increase the risk of serious illnesses. Clean Water Action is working to reduce toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces and communities. This year, we are asking Massachusetts authorities to:
- Ban toxic PFAS chemicals from consumer products;
- Support Massachusetts communities that have been impacted by elevated rates of PFAS in their drinking water
- Requiring companies that manufacture, sell or distribute children’s products to disclose whether those products include toxic chemicals. Require manufacturers to eliminate the most toxic chemicals from children’s productsl
- Press supermarkets and big box retailers to get toxic products off their store shelves.
- Ensure that Massachusetts addresses the risks associated with the emerging nanotechnology sector.
Last year, we won a big victory when the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law banning 11 dangerous flame retardants and giving the state the authority to restrict the use of additional flame retardants. This year, we are monitoring the law’s implementation, with a goal of adding additional flame retardants to the restricted list over the next several years.