Protecting our Health from Toxic Chemicals

A large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that toxic chemicals are causing unexpected health damage and contributing to widespread diseases and disorders and have been linked to asthma, cancer, learning disabilities, reproductive damage, and a host of other diseases and disorders.

We are being contaminated without consent and current environment and health policies are outdated and do not protect us. We have seen that ignoring early warning signs can result in serious illness. 

In Massachusetts, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), of which CWA is a founding member, is a coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators seeking preventive action on toxic hazards. 


Campaign goals

State Legislative Priorities in 2017-2018

We are working on several state bills. Read more here.

Flame Retardants

Public health advocates in Massachusetts, including advocates from Clean Water Action, are working to see toxic flame retardants phased out. Read more.

Federal Legislative Efforts

The reform of (TSCA) gives EPA important new authorities to tackle the problem of toxic chemicals. For the first time, there are also enforceable deadlines and schedules for EPA work on chemicals as well as dedicated funding from fees paid by industry. 

Corporate Policy Reform

Clean Water Action has partnered with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families on the Mind the Store Campaign, to urge the nation’s top ten retailers to get toxic chemicals out of their stores. Read more.

Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)

Clean Water Action works with AHT partners to support the effective implementation of the TURA program, which supports industries in Massachusetts that use large quantities of “high hazard” chemicals in their processes to reduce their use and release of those toxic chemicals.   



From retail to BPA we have had significant victories in our campaigns, including the Mind the Store campaign as well as the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program. 



Clean Water Action is strongest when we partner with others!  We’ve joined forces with a wide array of groups in state and national coalitions (listed below) to protect our health from toxic chemicals.