Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition:
A coalition of nonprofit groups from EPA Region 10 working together to address local hazardous substances and environmental health issues.
Above: flooding at the Old Mission Toxic Waste dump, Idaho. One day sent 160 metric tons of lead and heavy metal contamination downstream to the Coeur d’Alene River.
The Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition (NWTCC) brings together about 40 organizations from the Pacific Northwest states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska) who are working to clean up toxic sites that are jeopardizing the health of their communities. Some are isolated in rural areas and tribal nations, some have no financial resources and strained community relationships, especially in areas where the polluters are also the main employer. Others are in cities, often in poor neighborhoods, living with the remnants of past industrial waste of their waterways and ongoing pollution of local manufacturing plants.
Although the physical circumstances of these small and diverse grassroots organizations are different, their similarities are strong. They are all working hard to better the health of their communities, are often isolated, underfunded, and limited in their efforts because of little community support and volunteering. The Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition provides support and expertise, relevant information, and resources to empower these organizations to continue in their efforts of protecting their communities from toxic waste.
Latest News & Webinars
- NW Toxic Communities Coalition Summit 20222022 Summit Topics & Speakers Taking it Personally: Climate Change & Public Service, speaker Joel Clement, Harvard University, Kennedy… Continue reading NW Toxic Communities Coalition Summit 2022
- NWTCC Webinar: What is 5G? and What do we know about its Effects?Thank you to all who participated. To those who couldn’t attend, a recording is now available. Lunchtime webinar with… Continue reading NWTCC Webinar: What is 5G? and What do we know about its Effects?
- NWTCC Webinar: Chemical Mixtures and Synergistic Effects (2021 Summit)The 2021 NWTCC Summit was a great success. Thank you to all who participated. To those who couldn’t attend,… Continue reading NWTCC Webinar: Chemical Mixtures and Synergistic Effects (2021 Summit)
- NWTCC Webinar: Sewage Sludge Fertilizer Capacity: Tipping Point?Can humans withstand exposures to increasingly complex combinations of chemicals and biological agents? Join the Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition… Continue reading NWTCC Webinar: Sewage Sludge Fertilizer Capacity: Tipping Point?
A big thank you to the University of Washington Superfund Research Program for supporting us from 2007 to 2022 through grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.