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.

Lobbying for chemical reform. Photo credit: Clean Water Action

States in the Lead

Clean Water is leading the fight for safer chemicals in states across the country.

Recent Actions

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.

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.

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

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

Press Releases

August 22, 2017

Recent updates to safety levels for Minnesota water contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs ) has triggered new state actions to provide safe drinking water.  These actions include the provision

July 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sacramento, CA, July 18, 2017) — Today the State Water Resources Control Board voted to cr

November 16, 2016

Report reveals significant improvements to chemical policies at Walmart, Target, CVS and Best Buy

 

For immediate release

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

October 19, 2017

What is IT, you ask? It’s bettering our products, homes, and lives by going flame retardant free! These chemicals have been linked to increased rates of cancer and problems with fertility, development and the nervous system and can be found in many common household items such as furniture, electronics, and toys.

October 10, 2017

Those of you reading the New York Times will have seen the recent story on spiking Fentanyl deaths across America.

America’s opioid epidemic is drawing public attention to a less-considered side effect of mushrooming dependence on prescription medications: water pollution by pharmaceuticals. And that’s where we at Clean Water Action come in.

EPA office building
October 4, 2017

Today the Senate is considering nomination for four top positions at EPA. All four have close ties to the chemical and fossil fuel industries, and all four are committed to rolling back programs that keep our water clean or protect our families from toxic chemicals.