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.

Press Releases

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.

June 8, 2016

"The bill passed by the Senate addresses some core weaknesses of our outdated chemical safety laws - but it further restricts states, narrowing their ability to protect people from chemical health threats,"

Toxic Chemicals Blog Posts

August 3, 2015

Volunteering for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Keep-A-Breast (KAB) and Non-Toxic Revolution (NTR) through Clean Water Action was a unique opportunity...

Cosmetics - lipstick, other makeup - arranged on a table
April 23, 2015

I feel really fortunate to live in the kind of community where your neighbors are a cornerstone of your life — we get together for coffee on Saturday mornings in our PJ’s, we take care of each others’ pets when someone goes away to travel, and we share our family life. 

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