Toxic chemical pollution threatens the environment and people in communities around the world. The Toxics Program addresses national, regional, state, local and international issues. Reducing exposure to hazardous substances protects families and wildlife, and improves our water quality and neighborhoods.
A top priority is reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For almost 40 years environmental organizations have struggled to reform this weak and ineffective national law. It has addressed few chemicals and remains unenforced. As a result, thousands of untested chemicals enter the marketplace without regulation or warning labels.
The Sierra Club's overall goals are to :
- Reform national and international systems of regulating toxics in commerce.
- Reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live, and play;
- Eliminate unnecessary toxic chemicals in consumer products;
- Return the United States as a leader in protecting the public from toxics.
It seeks to do this by::
- Empowering Sierra Club activists, members, and the public to reduce threats to public and environmental health caused by toxic chemicals.
- Educating consumers about the potential risks of hazardous substances such as endocrine disruptors, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and other persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs)
- Following the Precautionary Principle when there is a lack of information about risks from exposures,
- Reforming national and international systems of regulating toxics in commerce or from past practices, especially those in consumer products, so that they more effectively protect the public and the environment.
- Promoting legislation that will reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live and play;
- Working with local communities to clean up toxic waste sites;
- Advocating for environmental justice for all people.
You can learn more about the Toxics Program and access its many resource documents on its Grassroots Network Team site:
Joining our Team enables you to share information about the toxics issues that you work on.