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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Tell the Water Board: Take Action on Hex Chrome!

Earlier this year the State Water Resources Control Board (the Board) planned to propose a final drinking water standard for Chrome 6 in the spring.  That has slipped to “late fall”, but there is no guarantee that is going

Recent Actions

Urge the Virginia General Assembly to Take Action on PFAS in Drinking Water

Clean Water Action and our allies have led efforts during this year’s General Assembly session to address toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances by pressing for legislation to study the occurrence of these chemicals in Virginia’s public drinking water, and to address sources of human exposure.

Tell Congress: Ban Toxic Food Packaging!

Seven states have passed bans on PFAS in food packaging, as have McDonald’s, Chipotle, and other chains. The next step is a national ban. Will you send a message to your members of Congress?

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.

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.

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

Friends outside a grill - Have a green barbecue summer!
June 7, 2022

Great food and great weather bring us together. Barbecues in the summer are perfect for spending time outside with loved ones. Here are some tips to make BBQing as “green” as possible this summer!

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May 25, 2022

While 21.5 million members have trusted REI’s products, recent testing identified PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals in popular REI brand-name jackets, including chemicals banned for manufacture in the United States and European Union!

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May 16, 2022

Right now, the majority of the country has no plan in place for storm related toxic chemical leaks. Improperly managed storage facilities can devastate a community’s drinking water.