Reducing toxic chemicals

Ecology enforces state regulations on toxic chemicals in products, educates the public about these chemicals, and develops policies to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals whenever possible.
Ecology enforces state regulations on toxic chemicals in products, educates the public about these chemicals, and develops policies to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals whenever possible.

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Washington’s roadmap to addressing PFAS
PFAS have been in the news a lot lately. These harmful chemicals are widely used in commercial and consumer products. Thankfully, Washington now has a roadmap to address the problem.
Tackling Toxics: Aerospace Company transitions to safer vapor degreasing
The Pollution Prevention Resource Center collaborated with Ecology to help Valence Surface Technologies (also known as MAPSCO) to stop using a toxic chemical in their vapor degreasing operation.
Helping your community help small businesses
Businesses in Washington are often befuddled by all the hazardous waste requirements they face, but our Pollution Prevention Assistance program is here to help.
Tackling Toxics: Helping Joint Base Lewis-McChord replace toxic receipt paper
Ecology worked closely with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to reduce its use of toxic receipt paper. So far, the base has reduced phenol use on base by 460 pounds per year.
Replacing toxic products with safer alternatives
The majority of chemicals that seep into peoples' bodies and the environment come from the products we use every day, which is why Ecology created the Product Replacement Program.
New paper about Contaminants of Emerging Concern in wastewater
New review paper gathers studies about Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) entering Washington water
Reducing plastics in Washington
Plastic pollution is everywhere and poses a threat to human health, wildlife, and the environment .
Is your dry cleaner still using toxic PERC?
50 dry cleaning businesses across the state have switched from using toxic PERC. However, approximately 60 are still operating.
Tackling Toxics: How partnerships produced success at Founder’s Choice
Founder’s Choice Cabinets wanted to help the environment and improve their business practices. By turning to Ecology, it reduced its environmental impact and achieved cost savings as well.
$500,000 to help beat back the recycling crisis
Ecology’s Recycling Development Center has awarded $504,073 to 10 local governments and one university to help develop and grow markets for recycled materials.

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