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.

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.

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!

Tell Costco: Remove Harmful Chemicals

Tell Costco to commit to a plan to get toxic chemicals off store shelves. 

Tell Amazon to improve their grade on toxics

Amazon received an “F” grade in the recent Mind the Store Retailer Report Card for failing to take actions to protect shoppers from toxic chemicals. Let Amazon know an “F” isn’t acceptable by sending your message today.

Prioritize the Toxic Tire Mulch Moratorium

Thousands of playgrounds across the U.S. use shredded tire mulch under outdoor play equipment and crumb rubber as infill on synthetic turf fields, including many Minnesota public playgrounds and parks.

Press Releases

November 16, 2016

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

 

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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.

July 8, 2016

Newark, NJ--The City of Newark made history when the Newark Municipal Council passed a first-in-the-nation Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance which will require the Board of Adjustment and Central Planning Board to receive additional information from development applicants in order to build in a healthy and sustainable way.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

March 20, 2017

Many of the issues that environmental non-profits work on are problems that people of color (POC) face daily, but last year, as I attended a Clean Water Action staff retreat I looked around and noticed that the majority of the people there were white. I have a feeling that this is common in many environmental groups across the country. So why is it that POC, who are most impacted by environmental destruction, are not represented in the organizations that work to combat and address the harmful threats to their lives?

March 8, 2017

International Women's Day seems more important than ever this year... to honor important women leaders in environmental health, we're shining the spotlight today on one of our favorite sheroes, a trailblazing scientist whose research helps explore the complex relationships between toxic chemicals used in everyday products (like bisphenol-A or BPA, the toxic chemical commonly used in canned food linings)  and human health damage.  

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February 23, 2017

Despite being the world’s largest retailer, Amazon is late to the game on sustainability.