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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays a pivotal role in protecting public health from dangerous chemicals by using the tools in the reformed 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It’s Toxic-Free Future’s job to watchdog and prod implementation of this law and to extract as much benefit for public health and the environment as we can.


The EPA has proposed a ban on TCE and is taking public comment right now. From notorious contamination sites like Woburn, Massachusetts and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to exposures on the job, workers and communities have been exposed to and made sick by trichloroethylene (TCE) for far too long. As we’ve waited for EPA action, families and communities have suffered its devastating health effects. Now is our opportunity for change!

Two people in a dry cleaners, cleaning clothes with dry cleaner chemicals and bagging them in plastic bags

EPA: Ban asbestos!

Asbestos is a notoriously toxic substance. A known carcinogen, it can cause fatal illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovaries. It is estimated that each year more than 40,000 Americans die from entirely preventable asbestos-caused diseases. Today, while asbestos is banned in nearly 70 countries, it is not banned in the United States.


EPA: Ban methylene chloride!

When fumes from methylene chloride-based paint strippers build up, the chemical can cause asphyxiation and heart attacks. It’s happened to dozens of people, including Kevin Hartley and Joshua Atkins. Not one more family should lose a loved one to these products.