Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday called for a U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirement that manufacturers remove the probable carcinogen 1,4-dioxane from such consumer products as shampoos and lotions.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to file a legislative petition with the FDA, his office said.
“It’s time to drain 1,4-dioxane from everyday products,” Schumer said Thursday. “When it’s used in your bathtub, it can seep into the aquifer.”
Citizens Campaign for the Environment executive director Adrienne Esposito said there were two ways the chemical was getting into the water supply — from legacy manufacturing contamination and consumer cleaning products.
“This is exactly what needs to happen,” she said about the petition, which is also signed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.