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Living a Toxic-Free Life

Taking a sip of water. Walking your kids to school. Biting a red apple. None of those activities should include the word “toxic.

Every human deserves to live their lives without fearing they may be consuming toxic chemicals or could be seconds away from a chemical disaster.

The production, trade, use, and release of toxic synthetic chemicals are a threat to human health and the environment everywhere. Still, the industries that produce and release toxic chemical compounds find ways to persist, often with little or no testing, safety requirements, or understanding of the impacts of their behavior.

Greenpeace internationally campaigns to protect people and ecosystems from the dangers of toxic chemical exposure particularly those working at chemical facilities and communities living near these dangerous facilities. We monitor industry’s actions on the ground, keep the public informed about risks, perform direct interventions at pollution sites, and advocate for major change in legislation and corporate policy.

Find out where more than 400 high-risk chemical plants are located.

And we are making progress every day. Consumer products are less toxic. Companies and countries are beginning to responsibly handle mountains of electronic waste. And we support  communities across developing countries to protect their soil, water, and advocate for safe working conditions.

Take action today! You can help prevent a toxic disaster in your community by signing our petition to President Obama.

 

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Will the Obama EPA Protect Your Community?

Blog by Taylor Smith-Hams | May 26, 2015

I recently visited an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reading Room to look at a few chemical facilities’ Risk Management Plans and was struck by the severity of potential accidents. I found one facility in St. Paul, Minnesota that...

Greenpeace Starts Countdown Clock Asking: Why is Obama Letting the EPA Slow-walk...

Blog by Rick Hind | April 15, 2015

When he was a Senator, President Obama championed legislation to prevent chemical disasters. On the Senate floor in 2006 he warned, “these plants are stationary weapons of mass destruction spread all across the country.” As a candidate for in...

Senators bear down on EPA and OSHA for inaction on chemical safety

Blog by Diana Ruiz | December 18, 2014

Last week, Congress finally decided to discuss the continued threats posed by lax chemical safety and security regulations. The Chair of the Environmental Public Works (EPW) committee, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), stressed that 602 days have...

Another avoidable disaster hits Texas

Blog by Diana Ruiz | November 20, 2014

On Saturday, November 15, a deadly chemical gas leak at DuPont’s La Porte, Texas plant claimed the lives of four workers.  All it took was a leak of an estimated 100 pounds of methyl mercaptan to kill them and injure a fifth worker who is...

Can 2.5 billion gadgets a year be green?

Blog by Tom Dowdall | September 3, 2014

It’s predicted we will buy 2.5 billion mobiles, computers and tablets in 2014 and there will soon be more Internet connected devices than people on the planet. As the number of gadgets we own explodes, how they are made, used and disposed...

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