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3rd of May 2019

Activists win big in fight to protect our water

When we privatize public resources, everyone pays the price. Workers are more likely to face unjust labor practices and threats to unionizing. Public health suffers due to inappropriate infrastructure maintenance. Communities whose land rests on water supplies could have their land seized by eminent domain. The ecosystem where we get our water would be at risk in the hands of for-profit corporations.


26th of April 2019

Key Milestone Transitioning Away from Coal: Brayton Point Water Tower Implosion Statement of Community Leaders and Allies

“This is a milestone for local residents working for years for cleaner air and a healthier, thriving economy for Somerset,” said Sylvia Broude, Executive Director of Toxics Action Center, a public health and environmental non-profit that has worked alongside community members since 2006. “The cooling towers and smokestacks were symbols of the polluting power of the past, and I hope this brings a new chapter in Somerset’s history as a leader in the off-shore wind and clean tech industry.”


23rd of April 2019

Defend South Portland’s Air from Polluters

Just a few weeks ago, Global Partners—the energy company that owns 10 oil tanks in South Portland—agreed to pay a fine after being charged with violating the Clean Air Act for more than a decade. This came as a surprise to city officials and residents who live near the facility and were not notified that Global Partners’ toxic emissions exceeded the levels allowable by the EPA.


12th of April 2019

New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance delivers 1,100 signatures to NHDES urging a better proposal

“New Hampshire could set strong standards to protect our water, or they could leave residents with toxics coming out of their taps. The difference is our health. These signatures show that residents want safe, healthy water. New Hampshire must step up to protect its residents where the EPA hasn’t.”


10th of April 2019

3 reasons why you can’t miss Local Environmental Action

Not registered for Local Environmental Action yet? There are three reasons you should change that today.


29th of March 2019

Pesticide Lawsuit Reaches Settlement After District Supplements Their Application to Spray Chemical Pesticides 

Toxics Action Center filed a settlement today with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and a regional insect control spray district. The Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen- Pittsford Insect Control District (District) sprays toxic chemical pesticides to control mosquitoes from the backs of pick-up trucks on town roads — spraying homes, organic farms, forests, and waterways.


27th of March 2019

Support Action on Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics – such as bags, cups, containers, straws and more – are a kind of pollution like we’ve never seen before. With a useful life that is often no more than 15 minutes, this plastic can last in the environment for 500 years or more.


12th of March 2019

Rhode Island Department of Health declines to regulate toxic chemicals

The Rhode Island Department of Health has declined to regulate toxic Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water. The decision came in response to a petition filed in February by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Toxics Action Center requesting that the agency adopt a drinking water standard to protect the public from five of the most common PFAS, and to begin the process of regulating these dangerous chemicals as a class.


14th of February 2019

PFAS Exposures Will Continue Under EPA Plan, Communities Warn

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its PFAS Action Plan amidst a flurry of press conferences around the country, and the people impacted by the toxic contamination across the nation are saying it fails to prevent current and future exposure to PFAS in the environment.


5th of February 2019

New Study: Multiple dangerous pesticides found in food made and sold by Kroger, Walmart, Costco and Albertsons

Testing released today found store and name brand foods produced and sold by the top four U.S. food retailers, Kroger (NYSE:KR), Walmart (NYSE: WMT), Costco (NYSE:COST) and Albertsons — purchased in cities across the country by Friends of the Earth and allies, including Toxics Action Center, contain residues of toxic pesticides linked to a range of serious health and environmental problems.