Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center


28th of January 2019

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Responds to PFAS Petition

“Vermonters deserve to know that the water coming out of their tap is safe to drink,” said Shaina Kasper, Vermont and New Hampshire State Director of Toxics Action Center. “This enforceable standard is a step forward, but regulating 5 of the thousands of chemicals in the toxic PFAS chemical family falls short of truly protecting Vermonters’ health.”

25th of January 2019

Baker Earns Top Marks for Helping Schools “Get the Lead Out” of Drinking Water

Last night, Governor Baker released his budget for FY 2020, which includes $30 million to help districts across Massachusetts tackle the pervasive health threat of lead in schools’ drinking water, a key recommendation from public health organizations and advocates.

13th of December 2018

How we went from coal to solar

Our work together isn’t just about protecting our health and climate. It’s about building stronger communities. And for that, we all need transformative solutions. Watch our video on the Coal to Sol campaign.

12th of December 2018

Toxics Action Center Holiday Update 2018

Thanks to you, we’re working with activists on the frontlines of environmental threats across our region and beyond. We believe community organizing is the way to a future where we breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in healthy, just and sustainable communities. See what you’ve made possible.

8th of November 2018

Congrats to the Lake Iroquois activists!

It all started when a group of neighbors took a stand against the town’s plan to use toxic pesticides on Lake Iroquois, a small lake just outside of Burlington, to stop an invasive plant. Neighbors were concerned that the pesticide Sonar would threaten the health of the lake and the safety of their drinking water.

31st of October 2018

CLF and Partners Petition for New Drinking Water Standards in Vermont

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and several partner organizations have filed a petition to push the State of Vermont to adopt new drinking water standards that protect the public from the dangers of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Without a new standard, public water systems in Vermont are not required to regularly monitor for PFAS compounds or to treat water with unsafe levels of these toxic chemicals.

18th of October 2018

Sustainable Lebanon Delivers over 1,100 Petitions to City Council

This evening concerned residents, including a group of Lebanon High School students, rallied on the steps of Lebanon City Hall to send city government the message, “No Pipeline Here!” Some then walked inside to deliver over 1,100 signatures to City Council, all from Lebanon residents and students calling on the City Council to take every legal and regulatory action at its disposal to prevent the natural gas storage facility, regasification plant, and pipeline from proceeding.

9th of October 2018

Lake Iroquois pesticide permit denied in groundbreaking decision

On Monday, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied the Town of Williston’s application for a permit to use chemical pesticides on Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg, VT. The decision marks the first time that the DEC has permanently denied a permit of this kind.

8th of October 2018

Federal Judge Denies Casella’s Motion to Dismiss Clean Water Act Suit

After hearing arguments from the parties in an open court hearing on Tuesday, a federal district judge in Concord denied Casella Waste System’s and North Country Environmental Services’ (NCES) motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by Toxics Action Center and Conservation Law Foundation. The lawsuit alleges illegal discharges of pollutants from the companies’ Bethlehem landfill into the Ammonoosuc River.

4th of October 2018

Scientists to examine health impacts on children exposed to contaminated drinking water

Silent Spring Institute was awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to investigate highly fluorinated chemicals called PFASs and their impacts on children’s health. PFASs are a class of hazardous substances that have been detected in drinking water supplies across the country, affecting millions of Americans and raising health concerns. Findings from the study could lead to stronger drinking water protections and help communities reduce their exposures.