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.

Minnesota Capitol building (istock, fotoguy22)

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

Take action today and urge your legislators to prioritize clean water, the environment and public health.

Recent Actions

Thank Costco and ask for more progress on toxic chemicals

Costco recently unveiled Smart Screening Program to test for chemicals of concern. Thank Costco for taking action and urge them to continue to make progress on 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!

Let's Ban Toxic Flame Retardants Together-Write to your Legislator

Please contact your state legislators now and ask them to support An Act to protect children, families, and firefighters from harmful flame retardants.

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

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)
June 23, 2017

There was widespread concern in the environmental community that the Minnesota Legislature would spend the 2017 legislative session putting our water, air, and public health at risk.

Sperm photo - attributed to ScienceGenetics: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:06fertilizado.jpg
June 20, 2017

I waited until after Father’s Day to post this article because I didn’t want to rain on your “celebrating Dad” parade… but there’s something you should know: the sperm are in trouble.

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April 26, 2017

Our members are familiar with many of the aspects of Clean Water Action advocacy: promoting legislation, endorsing candidates, field and phone canvassing, educational outreach.

Several of our state offices also do direct engagement with the business community to promote best practices on issues like chemical policy and waste management. Our New England offices (Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts) have been working for over a year with management at CVS Health on developing a safer chemical policy.