Toxic chemicals and lingering lead hazards put our health at risk. 

Dangerous chemicals in everyday household and industrial products threaten New England’s drinking water. PFAS – per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances – are toxic chemicals that have been found in public water supplies, private wells, and groundwater in many cities and towns across the region, warranting serious action by regulators to protect the public’s health.

The risks caused by these chemicals are well known, but federal agencies have failed to take meaningful action to protect us from them. CLF and our partners are calling on state leaders to step in to protect our waters – and our health – from these dangerous poisons.

Even as we fight to rid our water of this new threat, we are working to eradicate an old one: lead. Long recognized as a dangerous toxin that can result in serious health problems, Congress banned lead in gasoline and paint decades ago. But the issue of lead poisoning in children has not gone away. 

We’re fighting to protect our children from lead poisoning on two fronts: by improving screening for poisoning and preventing children from being poisoned in the first place – including from the water they drink in schools and daycare centers.

No one should have to worry if the water coming from their taps is safe for their families to drink. Leveraging our policy and legislative expertise, CLF pushes for more robust standards for safe drinking water regionwide.