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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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A view of the breached containment pond at

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

A view of the breached containment pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008, in Harriman, Tenn. The Dec. 22, 2008, breach unleashed a billion gallon flood of toxic sludge into the Emory River.

A home destroyed by a flood of coal ash slurry

Image | December 28, 2008 at 18:00

A home destroyed by a flood of coal ash slurry from a containment pond sits in the debris near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 29, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

An earth mover moves debris near the Tennessee

Image | December 23, 2008 at 18:00

An earth mover moves debris near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 24, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn., after 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal, broke out of a retention pond at the Kingston...

Cleanup workers cross a field near the Tennessee

Image | December 23, 2008 at 18:00

Cleanup workers cross a field near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Dec. 24, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn. About 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash spilled from a retention pond Dec. 22, flooding nearby houses, the Tennessee...

Ash and debris cover where a lake used to

Image | December 23, 2008 at 18:00

Ash and debris cover where a lake used to be near the Tennessee Valley Authorities Kingston Fossil Plant Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 in Harriman, Tenn.

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