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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 waste drums.

Program Overview

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 put the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe, but it was not enacted. New legislation, S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), has been introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Vitter. The Sierra Club sees this bi-partisan legislation as an opportunity to advance much needed reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act if the bill is amended to address some key concerns. Read more about this important legislation by clicking the link below. more More news

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