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New York Bans 1,4-Dioxane

December 12, 2019

On December 9, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.4389-B/A.6295-A) effectively prohibiting the presence of 1,4-Dioxane, an unintentional byproduct, in household cleaning and personal care products. The law would restrict the presence of 1,4-Dioxane above two parts per million (ppm) by the end of 2022, and above one part per million (ppm) by the end of 2023.

In response to its passage John Nothdurft, ISSA Director of Government Relations, said:

“Gov. Cuomo, the bill you signed will have a negligible impact on water quality while potentially leading to the use of more hazardous alternatives, elimination of safe and effective cleaning products, and increased use of water resources. At a minimum, New Yorkers are likely to see the cost of these products increase in exchange for little in the way of a healthier environment to show for it. Instead, efforts should have focused on cleaning up water contamination in Long Island, which was not caused by household products.”

“Additionally, the forced reformulation or possible elimination of 1,4-Dioxane-containing cleaning products could lead to greater public health and hygiene risk. Products currently used in schools, hospitals, homes, and elsewhere that are safe and effective may see those attributes undermined as manufacturers scramble to meet the unattainable standard.”

“We urge Gov. Cuomo to reconsider the issue and work with industry, public health advocates, and policymakers to come up with a workable and effective solution to the issue.”

California is also looking at reducing limits on 1,4-Dioxane. The state’s Safer Consumer Products Program, which became effective October 2013, identifies products that have “chemicals of concern,” and lists them as “Priority Products.” The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DYSC)’s discussions about cleaning products with 1,4-Dioxane are currently underway and seeking public comment.

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