Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Thousands of toxic or untested chemicals are used in products we use every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces. These toxins are building up in our bodies and are contributing to alarming trends in public health, including increased rates of birth defects, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancers, and more. VPIRG supports federal and state legislation that will get known toxins out of consumer products, and require health and safety testing before chemicals make it into products on our store shelves.

Recent Toxics and Environmental Health News

“Pretty Scary 2” Report Unveils the Toxic Truth Behind Kid’s Facepaint


We can all agree that there are few Halloween traditions more adorable than children getting their faces painted to look like spooky ghosts or fierce animals. However, a new report by the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has highlighted a dark reality behind kid’s face paint: it is often riddled with chemicals that most would not let their kids go ...

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Keeping TFM out of the Tap


The issue of using aquatic pesticides to control lamprey populations in and around Lake Champlain has received considerable attention in recent weeks. In particular, the determination made by the Vermont Department of Health (DOH) that permits issued for the use of the chemical 3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol (TFM) should not allow the chemical to be detectable in water that ...

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Governor Signs New Law to Protect Vermonters from Toxic Chemicals


Earlier this week Governor Shumlin was joined by elected officials, advocates, and members of the North Bennignton Community to sign H.595 in to law. The new law addresses issues that arose out of the PFOA contamination found in North Bennington earlier this year, and initiates a process to evaluate how the state can better protect ...

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VT takes another step forward to protect against toxic pollutants

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Today the Vermont Legislature passed H.595, a bill that takes steps to address issues arising from the PFOA contamination found in North Bennington, and forwards the conversation about how Vermont can best regulate toxic chemicals. The bill includes a number of important provisions that will make it easier for the Agency of Natural Resources to prevent and ...

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Legislators advance resolution for a stronger national chemicals laws


As state officials deal with discoveries of water contamination in multiple Vermont communities, it has not been lost among the Vermont legislature that it is against the backdrop of an ongoing federal effort to reform the nation’s failed, four-decade old chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act. Legislators are aiming to strengthen current versions of reform ...

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40 years after TSCA passage, it’s time to act!


Right now, Congress is in the final stretch of deliberation over legislation that will decide the future of our national chemical regulation – and we need to take this opportunity to have our voices heard. In 1976, after years of unfettered environmental degradation, and skyrocketing chronic diseases, learning disabilities, and other health issues, Congress passed the ...

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What’s that smell?


 VPIRG and the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont, alongside our legislative and national allies, are calling for greater transparency and consumer protection from harmful chemicals in our cosmetics and their fragrance components. In January, H. 706, an act relating to the disclosure of cosmetic ingredients, was introduced in the House Committee on Human Services ...

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