Beyond Plastics

Tell EPA: Ban Toxic Vinyl Chloride

It's time for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban vinyl chloride. Five of the Norfolk Southern train cars that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio on Feb. 3, 2023, were carrying this chemical which is a known human carcinogen that causes liver, lung and brain cancers as well as leukemia and lymphoma. Vinyl chloride is manufactured in low-income communities and communities of color in Louisiana, Texas, and Kentucky, where it threatens the health of local residents - a clear violation of environmental justice. 

Vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride plastic, also known as PVC plastic or vinyl. PVC is currently used to make everything from the iconic rubber ducky and other children's and pet toys to pipes, vinyl siding, flooring, car parts, shower curtains, raincoats, and food packaging, but, fortunately, there are safer alternatives available.

The time has come for the U.S. to ban toxic vinyl chloride. Please join us in urging the EPA to take the critical first step in banning this toxic chemical before any more harm is done to communities like East Palestine, Ohio.
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