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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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Rep. Peter King Should Listen to You, Not the Chemical Industry

Blog by jdeans | April 11, 2011

There has been a lot of attention on Congress recently as they can’t seem to agree on how to spend tax money, or how much to attack the Environmental Protection Agency. I’ve got some ideas, if they would listen. You know, like...

Homeland Security Chairman Peter King ignores poison gas disaster threat to New York City

Blog by Phil Radford | March 8, 2011

The Kuehne chemical plant stores deadly chlorine gas that threatens 12 million people in the New York City area Congressman Peter King (R-NY), the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, faced protests from hundreds of New...

Congress: Stop listening to chemical industry lobbyists

Blog by Joe Smyth | March 4, 2011

Chemical and oil corporations operate facilities all around the United States that threaten millions of Americans with a poison gas disaster, and since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it has become especially clear to...

Cancer kills one American every minute

Blog by Rick Hind | March 1, 2011 10 comments

One American will die from cancer every minute this year. We all know someone impacted by cancer and despite the devastation it causes to our friends and families, it’s perfectly legal for companies to add known cancer-causing...

ABC News Investigates Dangerous Oil Refineries

Blog by jdeans | February 25, 2011

Last night ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline featured their investigation with the Center for Public Integrity on dangerous oil refineries that threaten millions with toxic hydrofluoric acid. ABC’s investigation not...

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