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Toxic chemicals surround us—in our air, water, homes, and workplaces. Many chemicals used in everyday products, like plastics, cosmetics, toys,  and furniture, increase the risk of serious illnesses.  

Clean Water Action is working to reduce toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces and communities. This year, we are asking Massachusetts authorities to:

The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

Passionate about our toxics work? Join our team of toxics activists in Massachusetts: the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.

Mind the Store Campaign

Clean Water Action is working with our allies at Toxic-Free Future to hold large retailers accountable for carrying products made with toxic chemicals. We recently celebrated a huge victory when REI agreed to phase-out the sale of products containing toxic PFAS at their stores!

Recent victories!

In 2020-2021, Clean Water Action coordinated a state-wide effort to get Massachusetts leaders to address PFAS, a set of chemicals that have contaminated water, soil, and air throughout our state. Clean Water Action successfully got strong recommendations into the state’s PFAS Interagency Task Force report. The Massachusetts Attorney General filed a lawsuit against PFAS manufacturers, and Massachusetts added PFAS to the state’s list of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals.

In 2021, Clean Water Action won a big victory when the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law banning 11 dangerous flame retardants and giving the state the authority to restrict the use of additional flame retardants. 

In the 2021-22 Massachusetts legislative session, Clean Water Action supported four bills to eliminate PFAS from consumer products such as food packaging, clothing, personal care products, and fire fighting gear.  These bills garnered significant support but were not passed into law. However, Massachusetts legislators have filed a comprehensive PFAS bill in 2023. Clean Water Action is committed to working with the Legislature to make sure that the strongest possible bill is swiftly moved forward.


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