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.

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Urge the U.S. Air Force to Clean Up Michigan PFAS Pollution

For decades, toxic PFAS pollution, known as the forever chemicals, were used in firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.

Recent Actions

Tell REI: Phase PFAS Out of its Products!

Picture this: you’re walking outside in one of your favorite places… you’re enjoying the beautiful scenery… and then you realize that your new jacket is shedding toxic chemicals into the environment.The outdoor gear indust

Action Alert: We Must Stop the Dumping of Nuclear Waste in Cape Cod Bay

Take action by reaching out to your local representative and asking them to urge Attorney General Healey to obtain a preliminary injunction to halt Holtec.

Take action to protect Rhode Island families from toxic PFAS chemicals

PFAS are a class of human-made chemicals that are incredibly persistent in the environment and also highly toxic.

Tell Congress: Ban Toxic Food Packaging!

Seven states have passed bans on PFAS in food packaging, as have McDonald’s, Chipotle, and other chains. The next step is a national ban. Will you send a message to your members of Congress?

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

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October 13, 2022

We’re doing a happy dance! Next week, we are celebrating our 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act - which our founder, the late David Zwick, helped to craft and pass in 1972. 

Clean Water Action is proud to co-sponsor Assemblymember Richard Bloom's AB 2247 - because we have t
August 9, 2022

September 2022 Update: This bill has passed the California Assembly and Senate! We now need to make sure AB2247 is signed into law by Governor Newsom. Click here to send him a message today.


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August 8, 2022

As canvassers, we can feel the impact of our efforts at every single door, but it is always reassuring to witness the actual fruits of our labor. Cheers to many more Clean Water Action victories to come!