Safer Chemicals for Virginia

There are numerous sources of toxic chemical exposure in Virginia that are poorly tracked by regulatory agencies. Clean Water works with our allies to pass urgent reforms needed to reduce toxic chemical releases and toxic chemical exposures in the Commonwealth including stepped up research and enforcement.

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Toxic Chemicals in Waterways

PFAS chemicals are a class of chemicals used to make products grease proof, water-proof, stick-proof, and stain-resistant. 

Coal Ash at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant / photo: (CC BY 2.0)

Coal Ash Ponds

Coal ash is the waste product generated when coal is burned for energy.

PFAS Rhode Island

Safer Chemicals in Virginia

Elected and appointed officials need to work toward a health-based limit on PFAS chemicals in products and drinking water, and promote policies that help communities to clean up contamination and hold polluters accountable. Learn more.


Tell Virginia legislators: Take action to control and prevent toxic pollutants that threaten our health

Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Virginia. Urge legislators to pledge their support for these toxic pollution prevention priorities this session:

    From We All Live Downstream

    May 14, 2020

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and other toxic chemicals found in many products, such as clothing, carpets, furniture, firefighting foam, adhesives, and food and beverage containers. PFAS-treated food packaging is a major source of human exposure to PFAS via contaminated food and drinking water.