Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center


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.

Getting the Lead Out of Vermont Schools

Last year, Vermont tested drinking water in 16 schools across the state. Every single test came back with lead at 1 part per billion or higher, exceeding the health recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Maine Town Stands Up to a Polluting Landfill

Hartland is a small, rural town in Maine facing a big environmental problem: a giant, hazardous, polluting sludge landfill. For years, the landfill has been wreaking havoc on the town.

Activists Stop Rhode Island Water Privatization in Major Victory

Water is a basic human right. But when our public water supply is up for lease or sale under private or quasi-public corporations, this public good becomes a commodity that is leased or sold for profit, and everyone pays the price.

Massachusetts Activists Lead the Way for Renewable Energy

Across the region, neighbors are banding together in opposition to fossil fuel projects that threaten their health and  their communities. But the best defense is sometimes a good offense.

30th of May 2019

DEP Presiding Officer Grants Extension to Air Quality Plan Approval Hearing

Today, DEP presiding officer Jane Rothchild granted an extension to the petitioners (FRRACS, the Towns of Weymouth, Braintree, and Hingham, the City of Quincy, and the Hingham 10-residents group) in the appeal against the issuance of the air quality plan approval to Algonquin/Spectra/Enbridge for the Weymouth compressor station.