Toxics & Health

Toxics & Health

Toxics & Health

We are working to address the widespread pollution of air, water, and the food supply. We recognize that the burden posed by toxic chemicals falls most heavily on marginalized people, including Black and Brown communities, low income families, and children. We are focused on actions that bring attention to people and places most impacted by pollution.

Despite legal protections that exist to regulate pesticides, the safeguards are woefully inadequate.

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Polluters, not everyday people, must be responsible for halting the use of these chemicals, and paying to clean up the pollution and contamination they’ve created. Sierra Club is focused on actions that reduce environmental inequities. We call for long-lasting solutions, including stronger government oversight, pollution prevention, and increased corporate accountability.

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August 17, 2023

Washington, DC – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first round of sampling of toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water, reporting results for 2,001 large and small drinking water systems. Concentrations of two common PFAS…

April 12, 2023

On Tuesday, officials advised residents to evacuate their homes due to a significant industrial fire in Richmond, Indiana.

14 de marzo de 2023

La Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) emitió hoy sus primeros estándares legales en relación con los llamados PFAS o “químicos eternos, proponiendo un límite de no más de 4 partes por billón (ppb) de cada compuesto en el agua potable.

March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first-ever legal standard for two PFAS “forever chemicals” -- PFOS and PFOA -- proposing a limit of no more than

1 de marzo de 2023

Un nuevo informe del Sierra Club revela que la contaminación de hollín procedente de plantas de combustión de carbón causa 3.800 muertes prematuras al año.