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.

Test tubes, table of elements. Photo credit: Ben Schonewille / Shutterstock

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

Recent Actions

Tell the State Water Board to Protect CA Drinking Water From PFAS

 Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a family of approximately 4700 synthetic chemicals used in a wide array of products and industrial processes, including non-stick cookware, clothing, carpets, and industrial

Let's Ban Toxic Flame Retardants Together-Write to your Legislator

Please contact your state legislators now and ask them to protect our health from toxic chemicals.

Press Releases

May 6, 2019

Clean Water Action is holding its 33rd annual conference, Unity and Action NOW, on Saturday, June 8th at Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. 

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

nonstick pan with an egg in it
April 10, 2019

They’re in stain resistant carpets and clothing, cookware, some cosmetics, outdoor gear, and even dental floss. You may know them as Teflon®, or Scotchguard®. You have them in your body and they’ve been detected in 455 California drinking water sources thus far. I’m talking about a class of fluorinated chemicals, called PFAS, and they threaten California’s water and its people. Why haven’t we done more about them?

It's time for TJX to get rid of toxics
April 7, 2019

Spring is finally here! It’s my favorite time of year, despite the unpredictable Massachusetts weather. Spring means greening foliage and blooming flowers. It also means shopping for all things spring -- and the first place I head to is Marshalls, or T.J. Maxx.  These stores have great deals and a large selection. As a customer, neighbor (the parent company TJX is headquartered in Massachusetts), and activist I want to be able to say “and its wide collection of safe and non-toxic products” —but I can’t.

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.