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29th of January 2019

Community Leaders Convene at National Water Contamination Summit

Water contamination by the toxic chemical PFAS is a national crisis, and to address it, we need national change.


Victory Over Pesticides at One Small Lake Could Make Change Across Vermont

“There’s no substitute for individual people coming together and saying that we need to rethink an idea, even though it’s been done 100 times before,” said Meg.


Activists Come Together for Leadership Training and Movement building

The weekend brought together activists from all six states in the northeast along with leaders from the National PFAS Contamination Coalition from across the country. Activists working on a range of issues, including stopping pipelines and advancing clean energy, ensuring clean drinking water, curbing toxic pesticide spraying, and more, spent time together exploring how their efforts are interconnected.


After Deadly Gas Explosions, the Effort to Fight Pipelines Continues

In Lebanon, New Hampshire, a group of concerned neighbors is determined to show that building new fossil fuel infrastructure is the wrong direction for our climate, community health, and the well-being of neighboring towns.


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.