Toxics

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:

http://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/teams/national-toxics-team

Joining our Team enables you to share information about the toxics issues that you work on.


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Assisting Residents of Toxic Trailers Led to Recognition of Additional Dangers of Formaldehyde

 Assisting Residents of Toxic Trailers Led to Recognition of Additional Dangers of Formaldehyde
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THE EARTH KIT: ENVIRONMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXINS AND HEALTH

What’s the connection between the health of our bodies and that of our planet? The truth is that our everyday environment—where we live, work and play—affects our reproductive health and that of future generations. As consumers and citizens, we have an opportunity to invest in a more sustainable future and advocate for policies that live up to our vision for environmental and reproductive justice.
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New Mexico Sierrans take action to study how Pesticides are linked to Parkinson's Disease

In early 2012, Sierra Club members in the Las Cruces Group in New Mexico, organized the Pestidides & Parkinson's Disease Committee.  They were inspired by an article in the Jan. 2012 issue of SIERRA Magazine: “Parkinson’s Alley”.
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Sierra Club Tool Kit for Cleanup of Superfund and Other Toxic Sites

This tool kit lists and describes many resources for citizens working to clean up toxic waste in thier communities.
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Sierra Club Fact Sheets on Toxics

Sierra Club Factsheets on toxics can be downloaded and printed for educating others.
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Sierra Club Toxics Policies

These national policies can be used to support positions taken by Sierra Club entities. National policy on jurisdiction and use of Sierra Club policies can be found at: http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/administration/policies/institutional/jurisdiction-within-sierra-club.aspx
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Sierra Club Position on TSCA Reform Legislation

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) must be reformed. 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.