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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Eliminating Toxics To Improve Human Health

More than 80,000 chemicals are currently used in the United States, and most haven’t been adequately tested for their effects on human health.

Recent Actions

Expand PFAS Monitoring to Protect Californians

PFAS are a family of approximately 4700 human-made chemicals that are incredibly effective at combating oil fires as well as repelling grease, water, and stains.

Tell Governor Newsom: Take On PFAS!

Poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, are a class of almost 5,000 man-made chemicals that pose a serious threat to public health and the environment:

Thank Governor Walz and the Legislature

This week Governor Walz signed the Firefighter and Children Health Protection Act of 2019 (FCHPA) into law.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

Farmington River. Credit Jon-Lewis, Flickr--Creative Commons
August 20, 2019

It’s unfortunate that it took a tragic spill of nearly 40,000 gallons of firefighting foam into the Farmington River for PFAS contamination to finally get some attention in Connecticut. And we’re finally getting some action -- U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is leading efforts in Washington to assure that firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals is no longer required by the Department of Defense (DOD). We thank the Senator for his efforts and are proud to join with him to urge strong federal action. 

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August 12, 2019

Clean Water is pressing the state of Massachusetts to develop systems to oversee the emerging nano-technology industry. 

Pesticide application sign, field of dandelions
July 30, 2019

We all want clean water and a healthy environment for our families, but may not realize the hidden dangers lurking in pesticide-treated lawns.