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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Join the Pollinator Protection Squad!

Three years ago, we were part of a coalition to ban consumer pesticides containing bee-killing neonicotinoids (neonics). This law went into effect on January 1, 2018.

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.

Demand Disclosure of Toxic Fragrance Chemicals

A federal labeling loophole allows manufacturers to hide unlabeled, unregulated toxic fragrance ingredients in the products they sell.

Who deserves clean air and water?

Everyone deserves clean energy and a healthy environment, but many Massachusetts communities bear a greater health burden from fossil fuel pollution.

It is time to protect MN communities from trichloroethylene (TCE)

After TCE, a dangerous chemical that can impact immune and reproductive systems, liver, kidneys, central nervous system, fetal development during pregnancy, and cause cancer, polluted White Bear Lake, our elected officials

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

Jim Baudy from WGBH at Simmons
March 19, 2019

I’ve learned a lot about the dangers of exposure to toxic chemicals through flame retardants at Clean Water Action. They’re everywhere in our homes: in mattresses, furniture, even children’s toys.

This is a really important issue to be aware of, but there is a real lack of awareness amongst my fellow college students.

Chemicals being mixed in beakers. Photo credit: mediaphotos / Shutterstock
March 19, 2019

One piece of this puzzle, however, is crystal clear:  the root cause of this problem is the manufacturing and promotion of PFAS by the chemical industry, even though internal documents reveal they knew about its toxicity for decades.

Protect our water from PFAS
February 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan that summarizes ongoing activity, affirms commitments the agency made in May 2018, and announces several new initiatives. The  “PFAS Action Plan” is an exhaustive review of what EPA is doing and commits to some new initiatives.

Given the urgency around PFAS chemicals it is still literally the least EPA can do.