The Sierra Club's Toxics Program is devoted to protecting public health and the environment by reducing exposure to hazardous substances through advocacy, education, regulation and legal efforts.
Toxic chemical pollution threatens every American family and every community. Reducing exposure to hazardous substances protects families and wildlife, and improves our water quality and neighborhoods. The Sierra Club aims to achieve the following goals:
- Reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products;
- Reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live, and play;
- Educate consumers about the potential risks of hazardous substances such as endocrine disruptors, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and other persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs)
- Help return the United States as a leader in work related to protecting the public from toxics; and
- Reform the international and national systems of regulating toxics in commerce.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 puts the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe, and the Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 would establish greater scientific certainty with respect to the linkage of often unregulated chemicals with endocrine system effects. Read more about these important pieces of legislation by clicking the link below.