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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Taking on the Toxic Soup - Why We Fight for Safer 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.

Recent Actions

Continue to protect children's and firefighters' health in Massachusetts

Ask your legislators to continue to work to phase out toxic chemicals!

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!

Tell Costco: Remove Harmful Chemicals

Tell Costco to commit to a plan to get toxic chemicals off store shelves. 

Strengthen the Personal Care Products Safety Act

Urge your U.S. Senators to support meaningful, health-protective cosmetic policy reform that protects children and other vulnerable populations.

Press Releases

November 16, 2016

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

 

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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

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January 9, 2017

As the 2017 legislative session opens up in St. Paul, we are focused on key priorities to protect our water, communities, and health.

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November 30, 2016

In Maryland, the General Assembly meets every year for ninety days, from January to April. During this time, the State’s legislators introduce legislation on a variety of issues and must work together to pass a budget for the year ahead. With the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session quickly approaching, Clean Water Action is putting together an ambitious plan to advocate for important legislation that will protect and preserve the environment.

November 30, 2016

There’s no getting around it: this world can be a scary place, and as parents and caregivers, we do whatever we can to shield our children from harm. From proper sleeping positions in infancy to talking about safe sex, we are always striving to control for and eliminate threats to our kids’ health and well-being.

Some threats are harder to identify, though, and this is the problem that parents and caregivers face as we attempt to navigate a sea of toxic consumer products and choose which ones are safest for our kids.