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1,4-Dioxane Limits for Household Cleansing, Personal Care, and Cosmetic Products

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1,4-Dioxane limits are being established in a variety of products.

The Legislature recently enacted amendments to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Articles 35 and 37 (link leaves DEC's website) to establish limits on the amount of 1,4-dioxane that can be present in household cleansing, personal care, and cosmetic products sold or offered for sale in New York State. The law establishes a maximum allowable concentration of 2 ppm of 1,4 dioxane on December 31, 2022, and 1 ppm on December 31, 2023, for household cleansing and personal care products. The law also establishes maximum allowable concentration of 10 ppm of 1,4 dioxane on December 31, 2022, for cosmetics.

DEC is in the process of creating a rule to implement the law and is holding stakeholder meetings to seek input on the regulations.

Outreach Information

DEC is holding two virtual public meetings to present and discuss the topics related to the law and regulations that may be developed. During the first meeting on November 18, 2020, DEC presented topics for discussion, which included the scope of covered products and the waiver process.

The first meeting's recording (link leaves DEC website) and slides (PDF, 679 KB) are available for review.

The second virtual public meeting will be in discussion format on the topics presented in the first meeting. This meeting will be held December 2, 2020, at 2 pm and those interested in attending can register here (link leaves DEC website).

When regulations are proposed, they will be available for public comment.

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