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.

MD PFAS Ban

Petition: Protect Our Communities from Toxic PFAS Chemicals!

Sign the petition to urge your legislators to keep toxic PFAS chemicals out of our product stream, out of our waterways, and away from us.

Recent Actions

Our Priorities: Virginia’s Biennial Budget

Voice your support and contact your legislator to pass a budget that prioritizes Virginia’s conservation programs and water and transit infrastructure. Take action.

Urge the U.S. Air Force to Clean Up Michigan PFAS Pollution

For decades, toxic PFAS pollution, known as the forever chemicals, were used in firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.

Ask your Minnesota Lawmakers to pass the PFAS Prevention Package

PFAS chemicals are a class of chemicals most in need of immediate policy action due to their wide-spread use in products, prevalence in breast milk and people’s bodies, and persistence in the environment.

Protect Taunton from PFAS and other toxins released by the proposed Aries incinerator

For many years, Clean Water Action has been committed to banning PFAS in consumer products but we are also committed to addressing PFAS contamination from other sources such as waste.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

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May 5, 2022

I am SO EXCITED to meet you! Wait, don’t run away! I’m not dangerous! I want to talk to you about something that IS dangerous: toxic PFAS in my humans’ clothes!

We want REI to prevent PFAS pollution
April 27, 2022

REI has tarnished its reputation as a company committed to sustainability by continuing to sell clothing, including for children, that contains PFAS. As an REI member, I am disheartened to see that not only do many REI products contain PFAS, but REI is failing to make meaningful progress to phase them out. REI recently earned an “F” grade for its PFAS phase-out policies.

Celebrating Earth Day 2022
April 22, 2022

This Earth Day, take a moment to make your voice heard! Earth Day can be overwhelming. There is no shortage of troubling information about increasing climate change, and what that means for our communities and our health.