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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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The broken containment pond which sent a

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

The broken containment pond which sent a deluge of toxic coal ash slurry into the Emory River and surrounding lands is shown at right center adjacent to the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

A damaged pontoon boat sits in debris where

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

A damaged pontoon boat sits in debris where it was carried in a flood of toxic coal ash sludge from broken containment pond at the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

A mussel is stuck in mud near a skimmer dike

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

A mussel is stuck in mud near a skimmer dike Dec. 29, 2008, erected in an attempt to restrict the flow of toxic coal ash sludge unleashed by a broken containment pond Dec. 22, 2008, at the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant in...

Ash and debris from the billion gallon coal

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

Ash and debris from the billion gallon coal ash slurry flood are shown on the banks of the Emory River Dec. 29, 2008, downstream from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant in the background, right,

The ruins of a home destroyed by a flood

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

The ruins of a home destroyed by a flood of coal ash slurry from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is surrounded by debris Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn. An earthen dam holding a containment pond broke Dec. 22, 2008,...

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