Toxics

Toxic Chemicals and Public Health

Toxics in our environment can adversely affect public health. For decades, since the start of PSR’s environment and health program, PSR worked to protect people and the environment from toxic pollutants. Toxic pollution can cause or is suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive issues and other serious illnesses. Infants and young children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to potential exposure.

PSR’s essential research and reports on potential health impacts associated with toxics continue to serve as vital tools for our partners, allies, and chapters who work on these issues.

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Healthy Fish, Healthy Families

September 2014

How you can enjoy the benefits of seafood, while making smart choices to lower the risks of pollution.

Latest Toxic Chemicals News & Actions

“Forever Chemicals” in West Virginia Gas Wells

PSR’s newest report on the use of “forever chemicals” — PFAS, or Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances — used in fracking and drilling for oil and gas, focusing on West Virginia.

Read More about “Forever Chemicals” in West Virginia Gas Wells