Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center


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.

30th of January 2019

Do you know if your child’s school is safe from lead?

Water contamination in schools is still a serious threat. This year, half of the 78,000 taps tested in Massachusetts schools had lead in their water. New Hampshire started mandated testing at every school this year, and we expect to find lead there, too. There is no safe level for lead—even small amounts are highly toxic, especially for children. The only way to ensure that kids are safe is to get the lead out of schools altogether.

29th of January 2019

Sylvia Broude Receives ‘Sparkplug’ Award for Enlightened Public Service

“Under Sylvia’s direction, the Toxics Action Center has been instrumental in helping local communities and residents become active leaders in closing down the remaining coal-fired power plants in New England and in fighting to stop a major buildout of natural gas in the region,” said Whitney Hatch, the chair of the John Merck Fund.

PFAS-Polluted Communities Band Together for Stronger Standards

This September, members of Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves and GreenCAPE, alongside city council members, other local government officials and Toxics Action Center, met with top officials at the state’s environmental agencies to demand a statewide plan of action.

Maine Mothers Call for Bar Harbor Pesticide Ban

Bar Harbor refused to share details about toxic pesticides used on the playground, and the moms decided it was time to push for a townwide ban on pesticides.

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.