Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center


16th of July 2019

The Illustrated Story of Our Chemical System

Like all chemicals that corporations seek to put on the market, PFAS was considered innocent until proven guilty. The only law that regulates new chemicals has never once stopped one from entering the market. But after women working with PFAS at DuPont began to notice that their children had strangely similar birth defects, farmers near factories saw their cattle dying off, and workers started dying of the same cancers, people began to raise concerns.

15th of July 2019

DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg Upholds Air Permit to Weymouth Compressor

Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an approval of the air quality permit for the Weymouth compressor station today. The compressor has been the focus of hot attention, even just yesterday a letter was released signed by half the Senate opposing the proposal.

1st of July 2019

Vermont AG Suing Companies for PFAS Contamination

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), Toxics Action Center, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Conservation Voters issued the following statement today after Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced lawsuits against several companies for contaminating water supplies with toxic PFAS chemicals.

20th of June 2019

Boston Releases a Zero Waste Plan!

We did it! This week, Boston released a plan to move the City to zero waste after years of powerful community organizing.

Boston Releases Plan to Move City to Zero Waste

Today, the City of Boston announced a set of recommendations that will bring the city into the zero waste economy, moving away from a polluting waste system and creating good jobs for local residents.

6th of June 2019

“Don’t Pay Polluters, We Breathe What They Burn – The Public Says “NO!” to Gov. Baker’s Proposal to Increase Wood-Burning Power in the State

On Wednesday evening the auditorium at John J. Duggan Academy was packed with over 200 people who came out to show opposition to the Baker Administration’s plans to allow large-scale wood-burning plants to be subsidized as renewable energy.

5th of June 2019

Take the Pledge: Go Pesticide-free!

Spring in the Northeast means flowers and plants are sprouting again, and pollinators like bees and birds are back at work. And unless you live in one of a handful of cities and towns in our region like Portland, Maine, or Dover, New Hampshire, where activists have passed pesticide bans, you may also notice more chemicals being sprayed on parks, playing fields and lawns, too.

Putting Safety before Profit for Massachusetts Nuclear Waste

In 2015, after decades of organizing, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on the coast of the Cape Cod Bay in Plymouth announced that it would close in May 2019. This major victory was followed by new challenges: cleaning up the waste, protecting the bay and the state’s second largest aquifer, and making sure that polluters shoulder the cost.

Activists Take Drinking Water Campaign to the State Level

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever “action plan” to address the toxic PFAS water crisis, activists were the first to say it: The so-called action plan included hardly any action at all.

Town Bans Toxic Sludge, Protecting Drinking Water and Environment

Neighbors in Granby, Massachusetts, were shocked to find out about a plan to dump toxic sludge in their town. A local gun club with a history of illegal pollution violations was required to reforest their property as part of a remediation plan.