Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center


9th of September 2019

In Massachusetts and Vermont, Movements Grow Against Pesticides

When Ellen Anderson met Mary Jones, a community organizer with Toxics Action Center Campaigns, and learned about the work activists were doing to ban toxic pesticides in their towns, she was inspired to take action. The very next spring, Ellen and a team of other community members, with support from their local Conservation Commission and Petersham Grange, passed a resolution for Petersham, Massachusetts, to become a pollinator-friendly community.

6th of September 2019

South Portland, Maine, Takes on Fossil Fuel Pollution—Again

This spring, residents of South Portland, Maine, found out that Global Partners, the owner of 12 of the city’s 120 oil tanks, had been charged with violating the Clean Air Act since 2013. For the last six years, the company had emitted volatile organic compounds into the air at more than twice the rate allowed by its permit.

We’re Changing Our Name!

None of that is changing. But our name is. In the next few months, we’ll announce a brand new name, and we need your help to spread the word! Sign up to be the first to know our new name, and help us announce it to the rest of Toxics Action Center community.

Big Victories for Children’s Health in Vermont

No one should be exposed to toxic chemicals, but children are especially vulnerable. That’s why we have been working to ensure that Vermont protects children from toxics. After years of advocacy, Vermont passed a law this spring requiring transparency, making information about toxics in children’s toys and products available to parents.

The Northeast’s Biggest City is Going Zero Waste

Big news: This summer, Boston announced a plan to go zero waste! Nine years ago, Boston was burning or dumping far more recyclables than other cities of its size.

Stopping Pollution Before it Starts in Canaan, Conn.

When Robin Markey and Dolores Perotti learned about a proposed asphalt plant in Canaan, Connecticut, they were alarmed. The plant was proposing a “warm mix” asphalt operation, a process that uses toxic chemicals, just a third of a mile from a river and was likely to affect neighborhood well water.

N.H. Grassroots Activists Win Big Victory for Clean Water

Mindi is a mom, water scientist and former lawmaker who ran for office because of her concern about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminating water in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire. PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to cancer, kidney disease and other serious health concerns, has been found in drinking water in communities across New Hampshire, the Northeast and the country.

It’s Not Just Clean Energy, It’s the Air We Breathe

This year, Springfield, Massachusetts, was once again named the Asthma Capital of the United States by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. When a biomass incinerator was proposed in Springfield more than a decade ago, neighbors knew they couldn’t let another air polluter into their city. Led by Arise for Social Justice, dedicated activists have kept the proposed incinerator from being built year after year.

3rd of September 2019

Stopping pesticides one town at a time

Pesticides are toxic. It makes sense—they’re designed to kill living things. The corporations that produce these pesticides have a powerful hold on the public imagination, pushing their chemicals as a “solution” for killing weeds and stopping pests. That means that in our cities and towns, these chemicals are sprayed over kids’ playing fields, dumped into lakes, and used on home lawns.

15th of August 2019

How you’re fighting for protection from toxic chemicals

Only a broken chemical regulatory system would allow polluters to keep pumping out the same chemicals that are poisoning the water of likely 110 million U.S. residents. PFAS are known to cause kidney disorders, cancers and more. But the EPA doesn’t have a single enforceable law to get PFAS out of our drinking water. And worse, they’re letting more new PFAS chemicals on the market every year.