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.

Massive Citizen Outreach Effort Builds Support for Zero Waste

Toxics Action Center’s Citizen Outreach Team alongside New Haven community activist, Lynne Bonnett

Boston, Mass.: 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

South Portland Moves to Ban Tar Sands Once and for All

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

Victory! Scarborough Bans Pesticides on Public Land

Maine town residents' organizing wins votes

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

Neighboring Towns Unite to Fight Dangerous Strip Mining Operation

North Providence residents fed up with asphalt plant pollution

Bucket Brigade forms to test air pollution

North Providence residents fed up with asphalt plant pollution

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

Call to Action: Tell NStar’s CEO Tom May to Stop Toxic Pesticide Spraying!

Proposed spraying to control trees and brush beneath power lines

Framingham residents work to shut down Masschusetts' most toxic site

The Framingham community group, FACES, takes on General Chemical

Test Results Show Lead Contamination Spreading in Vermont town

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

Campaign for a Coal-Free Commonwealth Launched in Massachusetts

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.

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.

One Step Closer to a Coal-Free Massachusetts

Statewide Coal Plant Revitalization Task Force launches

Aroostook town mobilizes to protect aquifer

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

Chemical Free Lakes Report Released

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