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NY to bar sale of products with industrial chemical in 2022

NY to bar sale of products with industrial chemical in 2022

AP
Created: December 10, 2019 11:35 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill effective Jan. 1, 2022 to prohibit the sale of household cleaning products that contain a chemical often used as an industrial solvent. 

Democratic Assembly Member Steve Englebright says the bill signed Monday will reduce the amount of 1,4-dioxane that enters New York's drinking water once used by consumers and washed down the drain.

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The legislation also limits the sale of cosmetic and personal care products with certain levels of the industrial chemical. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is taking state action on a chemical that lacks federal standards. 

Cuomo's administration is also working on regulations to limit 1,4-dioxane and other pollutants in drinking water. 

Englebright says EPA data shows that Long Island has the highest levels of 1,4-dioxane detected in the country. He notes the EPA has labeled the industrial chemical as a likely carcinogen to humans.

New York's law includes civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each day of violation and up to $2,500 each day for a second violation.
 


(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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