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.

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

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

Scarborough, ME: Banning Pesticides on Public Land

Maine town residents' organizing wins votes

VT: New Law Pushes Vermont Closer to Zero Waste

This summer, Vermont took another big stride towards zero waste.

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

The Framingham community group, FACES, takes on General Chemical

Malden, MA: Cleaning Up the Toxic Legacy of the Malden River

Residents work to restore river access to community

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.

New England-wide: Technology for Grassroots Action

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

Berlin, VT: Community Comes Together to Protect Drinking Water

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

Bristol, VT: Landfill Expansion

Residents work to prevent risky landfill expansion

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.

MA: One Step Closer to Coal-Free

Statewide Coal Plant Revitalization Task Force launches

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

Cape Cod, MA: Clean Water Act Violations at Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

Community groups call on regulators to terminate Pilgrim's Clean Water Act permit.

NH: Chemical Free Lakes Report Released

Resource guide provides information on safe, non-toxic lake management tools

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