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.

Minnesota Capitol building (istock, fotoguy22)

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

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

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.

Tell Albertsons to get toxic chemicals off their shelves

Albertsons is one of the top grocery chains in the US with subsidiaries like Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Randalls and a total of 2,200 stores across the country. This summer, tell Albertsons it’s time for a Detox!

Press Releases

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

September 7, 2016

Clean Water Action is calling for California lawmakers to act against the hidden dangers of toxics in food packaging, with thousands of unregulated chemicals contaminating food every day.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

July 31, 2017

As the summer kicked off in June and many went on vacation, the Joint Committee on Public Health was hard at work setting up hearings and listening to testimony. This legislative session has started with a lot of hope for the Children and Firefighters Protection Act; it passed the Senate unanimously last session and Clean Water Action and allies are determined to see it pass both the Senate and the House this time around.

July 31, 2017

I recently had the privilege of speaking to the Savvy Women’s Alliance a great group of women focused on non-toxic living.  They asked me to focus on an unusual (for me) topic: “What is an activist? How do I become one?”  Such good questions! In case you’re wondering too, here’s what I told them:

Asking Shaw's to carry safer products
July 28, 2017

I’ve always been concerned about toxic chemicals in products and tried as much as possible to stay away from things that I know are likely to have harmful chemicals in them—like canned food, cleaners, and personal care products. I’ve also taught my 3 children to choose safer alternatives when they can.  So it’s infuriating to learn that large retailers, like Albertsons and their subsidiary Shaw’s, have not worked more aggressively with suppliers to get safer products on their store shelves.