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.

It's Time for Maryland to Ban Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is a toxic pesticide that is proven to cause brain damage in children, contaminate waterways, and harm wildlife. When samples were tested from the Chesapeake Bay, 90% of the samples tested had chlorpyrifos and

Recent Actions

Take Action! Support of the Children and Firefighters Protection Act

Please contact your State Representative now in support of the Children and Firefighters Protection Act.

Take Action! Urge the City of Alexandria to Act on Toxic Chemicals

Toxic chemicals such as PFAS are found in many common products such as clothing, carpets, fabrics for furniture, adhesives, paper packaging for food, firefighting foam, and heat-resistant/non-stick cookware.

Protect Our Fire Fighters from PFAS

Tell Pennsylvania legislators to protect our firefighters and families from toxic PFAS. Vote NO on SB 919 and work toward completely banning the use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS instead. 

Tell Governor Lamont to Take Bold Action on PFAS

On July 9th, Governor Lamont formed a taskforce to make recommendations on how to manage PFAS contamination.  This is good news but we want to make sure comprehensive steps are taken to 1) restrict firefighting foam, 2) restrict other sources of contamination like food packaging, 3) implement strict water testing guidelines and 4) set a health protective drinking water standard.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

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February 13, 2020

If you live in Massachusetts, I'm almost 100% certain you or someone you know has asthma. See, our state holds the dubious distinction of being the worst in the Northeast with regards to asthma. The prevalence of asthma in both children and adults—and related deaths—is amongst the highest in the nation.

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January 21, 2020

Our work with Connecticut’s procurement agency is paying off. Connecticut will now restrict the purchasing of many food service ware and food packaging items that contain toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS chemicals) and significantly reduce styrene (Styrofoam) and plastics. 

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January 7, 2020

Every year, Clean Water members and allies successfully help protect the Chesapeake Bay, open space, farmland, and historic sites during Virginia’s legislative sessions. Here’s a preview of what we Clean Water Action will be focused on.