On December 9, 2019, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation (S.4389-B/A.6295-A) to help prevent 1,4-dioxane from further contaminating New York's water systems.
Sponsored by State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, this new law prohibits the sale of household cleaning products containing 1,4-dioxane and limits the sale of cosmetic and personal care products with certain levels of 1,4-dioxane. (Not a perfect bill, but a good first step in raising awareness.)
The Environmental Protection Agency identifies 1,4-dioxane as a likely carcinogen to humans. Despite the documented health risks associated with exposure to 1,4-dioxane, it is still found in many consumer products.
When these products containing 1,4-dioxane are used by consumers and washed down the drain, the contaminant enters local water systems. Elevated levels of 1,4-dioxane have been found in municipalities across the State, with EPA data showing that Long Island has the highest levels detected in the entire country. This new law will help prevent 1,4-dioxane from further contaminating New York's waters by banning and limiting the sale of products that contain this harmful chemical.
To ensure compliance with these requirements, this law would impose civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each day of violation and up to $2,500 each day for a second violation.
This new law takes effect on January, 1, 2022. Until then, here's a list of consumer products found to have very high levels of 1,4-dioxane.
- Citizens Campaign For the Environment