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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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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...

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...

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