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For immediate release:
Monday, January 30, 2017
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Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

DEC REQUIRES TESTING OF 1,4 DIOXANE IN 3 LAUNDROMATS

In response to CCE request, DEC agrees to testing for Laundromats

Farmingdale, NY—In response to Citizens Campaign for the Environment’s call to require pre-treatment for 1, 4 Dioxane for all Laundromats, the NYS DEC has implemented the first Laundromat monitoring program for this important contaminant. 1,4 Dioxane has been identified as an emerging contaminate of concern and is widely found in Long Island’s groundwater. Several studies link high levels of 1, 4 Dioxane to laundry detergents, particularly TIDE detergent.

“All throughout Long Island disturbing detections of 1, 4 Dioxane are being detected in our drinking water. This problematic contaminate is found in over 46% of all personal care products, with high levels in laundry detergents. We are very pleased that DEC is doing its due diligence by requiring these 3 Laundromats to test for 1, 4 Dioxane,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director.

Initial studies show alarmingly high levels of 1, 4-dioxane in the detergent Tide. The EPA’s health reference for cancer risk for 1, 4-dioxane is set at 0.35parts per billion. Testing has shown levels of 1, 4-dioxane at 63 parts per million in original Tide, and at 89 parts per million in Tide Free and Clear.

“Tide is a popular laundry detergent, and since 1, 4-dioxane is currently not banned on Long Island, we are very concerned about discharges from Laundromats into our aquifer. The high levels of this toxic chemical in Tide and other laundry detergents would point to Laundromats as a potential point source contributor for 1, 4-dioxane to our groundwater. Testing is the first step to understanding the extent of the role Laundromats may play in contributing 1, 4 Dioxane to water pollution,” stated Esposito.

In 3 revised State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permits, DEC is requiring the facilities to test for the chemical 1, 4 Dioxane. All 3 facilities discharge water into groundwater, up to 14,500 gallons per day. Under the revised permits, DEC is requiring that the facilities test the effluent once a week for 4 weeks for 1, 4 Dioxane. DEC will evaluate the water sample results to determine if further pre-treatment needs to be implemented before the facilities are allowed to discharge into groundwater. 

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updated by jchristensen  2/2/17