Environmental Advocates NY is focused on reducing our exposure to dangerous chemicals and requiring chemical producers and distributors to share information about such chemicals so the public can be better educated about potential dangers. Chemicals—including heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, as well as manmade chemicals—are always around us, whether we realize it or not. Exposure to chemicals comes in many pathways, including through our food, dust, clothing, and incinerator pollution, not to mention as a result of the toxic products dumped into landfills, which leach chemicals into our ground and drinking water. Even small amounts of chemical exposure have been linked with neurological harm, endocrine and reproductive disorders, cancers, learning disabilities, and birth defects.
At EANY, we push for policies that will help free our communities from these toxic chemicals, whether it is advocating for the disclosure of chemical information to fully banning chemicals known to be found in household products and furnishings to children’s toys to body products and cosmetics. Also in conjunction with the water program, we support policies that reduce and ban the use of pesticides.