Tell Virginia legislators: #GeneralAssembly2021 take action to control and prevent toxic pollutants that threaten our health

Thousands of Virginia residents are taking action to hold the chemical industry accountable and take control of our health and environment. Together, we're building a movement to eliminate toxic pollution that threatens our families and communities.

With the General Assembly 2021 legislative session approaching, now is the time to urge state legislators to commit to action here in Virginia to tackle the problems of dangerous PFAS "forever" toxic chemicals and the risk they pose to our drinking water and health.

The Virginia General Assembly enacted a new law this year to study the occurrence of PFAS and other chemicals in the Commonwealth's public drinking water. Although this was an important first step, there's still much work to be done to fix our state chemical laws and find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products. 

That's why we need legislators in Virginia to prioritize toxic pollution prevention priorities in 2021:

  • Complete a strong, science-based PFAS drinking water study, leading to PFAS pollution limits necessary to protect people's health.
  • Push for "upstream" solutions that identify and eliminate PFAS contamination at the source (via pollution dumping permits, rules for landfills, sewage waste disposal and air pollution and getting PFAS chemicals out of food packaging).
  • Identify and create action plans to control and prevent other toxic pollutants that threaten our health here in Virginia, including 1,4 dioxane and other dangerous chemicals still in use.
  • Inventory all toxic coal ash waste disposal sites around the state, aggressively test them for water contamination, develop cleanup plans and phase out the dirty old electric plants that cause the pollution

Active constituents have incredible power to influence the legislative priorities in our state. Take action today, and demand our leaders put the health of our families and communities above the profits of the chemical industry.

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