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Source: News 12 Long Island

Citizens Campaign unveils map of 1,4-Dioxane water contamination

Posted: February 28, 2017
Originally Published: February 28, 2017

FARMINGDALE - The Citizens Campaign for the Environment has made it easier for residents to see just how widespread the contamination of Long Island's water is.

According to their recent evaluation of public water suppliers across Long Island, water suppliers have reported the highest levels of 1,4-dioxane contamination in the nation. The chemical, found in products including detergents and baby wipes, is listed as "likely to be carcinogenic to humans" by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Citizen Campaign has posted an interactive map on its website that will allow Long Islanders to view their town's level of 1.4-dioxane in the groundwater.

As News 12 Long Island reported last month, Executive Director Adrienne Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, says health officials have not agreed on how many parts per billion that 1,4-dioxane should be considered unsafe in drinking water.

"Florida has chosen the standard of 3," Esposito says. "California has chosen the standard of 1. We're using 50."

She is calling on all citizens to call their representatives to outlaw products that use the chemical in an effort to prevent further contamination.