Communities in Action


News from the Field

Every year, Toxics Action Center works with thousands of residents, in hundreds of communities across New England.  We organize with neighborhoods for safe drinking water, for clean air, for pesticide-free schools, and dozens of other goals.  Below are updates and stories from just some of the towns, communities, and states working with Toxics Action Center for more sustainable communities.

Portsmouth, NH: Creating a Coal-Free New England, One Step at a Time

Portsmouth, NH tired of the old and dirty coal-fired power plant, calls for retirement

South Hadley, MA.: Halting A Landfill Expansion

Regional vision to reduce, reuse, and recycle

South Portland, ME: Banning Tar Sands Once and for All

Maine Community Organizer Andy Jones addresses the South Portland City Council in support of the Clear Skies Ordinance.

Boston, MA.: State Moves one Step Forward, one Step Back on Zero

DEP will ban large businesses and institutions from sending organic waste, including food scraps and yard waste, to landfills and incinerators

New England-wide: Moving Past Fossil Fuels

We need to plan for coal plant retirement

Bangor, ME: Mainers organize to stop polluting mining operation

Gravel mining would profoundly harm the Orono Bog Boardwalk

Scarborough, ME: Banning Pesticides on Public Land

Maine town residents' organizing wins votes

New England-wide: 25 Years of Calling Attention to New England's "Dirty Dozen"

Toxics Action Center celebrates 25 Years of the Dirty Dozen Awards with New Report Release

Framingham, MA: Residents work to shut down Masschusetts' most toxic site

The Framingham community group, FACES, takes on General Chemical

Williston, VT: Test Results Show Lead Contamination Spreading in Vermont town

Lead from nearby shooting range in Williston has not been cleaned up as promised.

Berlin, VT: Community Comes Together to Protect Drinking Water

Berlin Pond, an important drinking water source, was under protection from pollution--until last year.

MA: Campaign for a Coal-Free Commonwealth Launched

Citizen activism in communities like Somerset and Salem have recently forced retirement of two of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in Massachusetts. Now residents take on Mt. Tom in Holyoke.

New England-wide: Technology for Grassroots Action

A partnership with Toxics Action Center and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Crystal, ME: Aroostook town mobilizes to protect aquifer

Crystal residents and Andy Jones of Toxics Action Center appeal before the Board of Environmental Protection in Augusta

MA: One Step Closer to Coal-Free

Statewide Coal Plant Revitalization Task Force launches

CT: Aiming for Zero Waste

Increasing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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