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20th of September 2018

Toxics Action Center Executive Director Sylvia Broude wins $50,000 public service award

Sylvia Broude is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Hatch “Sparkplug” Award for Enlightened Public Service, the highest award granted by the John Merck Fund. Broude is a Boston resident and is the Executive Director of Toxics Action Center, a public health and environmental non-profit that for over 30 years has operated as the 9-1-1 of the environmental movement, organizing side by side with communities to tackle local environmental threats and develop new leaders for the environmental and social change movements.


14th of September 2018

Environmental Groups disappointed but hopeful for New Hampshire’s energy future

Following the veto override vote yesterday on SB365, environmental organizations and community groups voiced disappointment in the outcome but optimism for New Hampshire’s energy future.


One activist’s work to protect her kids’ health

Three of Nancy Murphy’s six children are adopted. But they all have health concerns that could be linked to toxic water contamination in her town. PFAS contaminated drinking water could be what is making them sick.


13th of September 2018

Imprisoned clean water activists want change

The water could be anywhere from tea-colored to black at MCI-Norfolk, the state’s largest prison. The prison’s water is contaminated with toxic levels of manganese, which can cause neurological disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease. At a prison where half of the inmates are serving life sentences, the polluted water has devastating consequences.


7th of September 2018

Environmental Justice Forum in New Bedford, Mass., Highlights the Work Ahead

In June, Toxics Action Center joined local leaders, longtime community activist Buddy Andrade and top EPA Region 1 officials for an environmental justice forum held in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Tackling Our Waste Problem in New Hampshire

Working on Waste activists in Claremont, New Hampshire, including Katie Lajoie and John Tuthill, celebrated when a large waste incinerator closed its doors in 2013. Now, five years later, after multiple failed efforts to reopen and continue operations, Wheelabrator, the owner and operator of the incinerator, surrendered its permit, making it very unlikely the facility will ever burn trash again.


Neighbors Demand a No Pollution Solution in Plan to Dump Toxic Dirt

In Rocky Hill, Connecticut, residents are working with Toxics Action Center to stop a proposal to dump contaminated soil on top of a landfill that would risk the community’s health.


Seasoned Organizers Fight Pipeline Expansion in Holyoke, Mass.

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, activists are organizing to stop a fracked gas pipeline expansion. Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), an organization building power to end racism, income inequality and environmental degradation across the state, is working with seasoned activists to stop it.


Calling for Safe Alternatives to Toxic Pesticides in Vermont

Toxics Action Center has been organizing for years with residents in the Champlain Valley to stop pesticide spraying that jeopardizes our health. This summer, as toxic chemicals are sprayed out of the back of pick-up trucks along town roads by homes, farms and waterways, we’re joining our partners at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at the Vermont Law School to sue.


Mass Power Forward Coalition Passes Clean Energy Law in Massachusetts

This summer alone, hundreds of people wrote letters, made calls and visited their representatives. Hundreds more rallied at the State House to demand the changes we need to protect our health and save our climate.