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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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Investigation: oil refineries threaten millions with poison gas disaster

Blog by Joe Smyth | February 24, 2011 3 comments

Devastation from an explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the BP Texas City refinery on March 23, 2005. The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News have an extraordinary investigation that highlights...

Water utility lobby flip flops on disaster prevention

Blog by Joe Smyth | February 11, 2011 4 comments

A hearing held today by a House subcommittee on Homeland Security focused on ways to make chemical facilities, including water treatment plants safer from terrorist attack. Of course, the best way to protect communities that are...

Green Jobs, Safe Jobs

Blog by mhussain | February 10, 2011

The Blue-Green Alliance held their annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference in Washington, DC this week. Among those in attendance were EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson , International President of the United Steelworkers (USW) Leo...

The State of the Union and the Environment

Blog by Phil Radford | January 25, 2011 4 comments

In these challenging times it will not be surprising if President Obama glosses over critical environmental issues in his State of the Union address January 25. The nation is struggling to find jobs for the unemployed, we are still...

Chemical Industry Continues to Mislead the Public on Chemical Plant Security

Blog by John Deans | December 22, 2010

You would think that almost ten years after 9/11 the chemical industry would be well on its way to making chemical plants safer for the surrounding communities. Instead they have continued to repeat misleading information, and avoid...

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