Environmentalists urge Cuomo to sign 1-4 dioxane legislation

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Long Island environmentalists are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would ban a suspected cancer-causing contaminant from household products.

Household products like laundry detergents contain 1-4 dioxane. The chemical has even been found in Long Island's drinking water, which is pulled from the island's sole source aquifer.

Lawmakers are also pushing for something to be done. They met with environmental advocates and water quality experts to address the pollution problem.

"The time factor is a big issue because it takes quite a bit of time and it takes a lot of money so we're here also to call on the state for some assistance with the funding," says Legislator Laura Schaefer of Westbury.

New York state is deciding on safe standards for the possible carcinogen, while water providers across Long Island are trying to find ways to pay for the expensive filtration systems needed once those standards are in place.

The highest levels of 1-4 dioxane in the state have been found in the Hicksville Water District. That well has since been taken out of service.

 

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