For Immediate Release
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice, (202) 384-7157
Consumers To Get Household Cleaner Chemical Info, But Questions of How and When Remain
Public interest groups back swift timetable, ‘one-stop shopping’ ingredient info for consumers
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State is set to begin enforcing the state’s household cleaner ingredient right-to-know law - the only one of its kind in the country. Today, the agency took an important first step, meeting with public health, consumer, and environmental
advocates and industry groups to discuss how and when consumers will get access to this crucial ingredient information.
to be able to get this critical information and one way would be through a ‘one-stop shopping’ information hub. We hope New York State will help make this the industry norm.”
of recommendations for state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials to consider as they begin enforcing the law, which requires manufacturers of household cleaners to reveal the chemical ingredients in their products and any
health risks they pose.
Pete Grannis said that the State would begin requiring companies to disclose chemical information, as required by a set of 34-year-old regulations.
the pace to provide consumers with the right to know what they are bringing into their homes.”
Consumer Specialty Products Association. Representing public interest groups are Clean New York, Consumers Union, Earthjustice, Environmental Advocates of New York, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc, Learning Disabilities Association of New York
State, Prevention Is the Cure, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Silent Spring Institute, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE).
in New York, the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice sued household cleaning giants Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight and Reckitt-Benckiser for failing to submit required semi-annual ingredient reports. A judge dismissed the lawsuit this summer
without ruling on the merits of the groups’ claims. But during the court case, the companies said they would file disclosure reports if asked to do so by the State.
will be handling a likely appeal of the case against the cleaning product companies, which have yet to file any reports.
before it could be used in products. Internationally, companies are preparing to comply with a similar European law (known as REACH) already taking effect.
of Simple Green products), filed reports with the State for the first time. And three weeks after the disclosure lawsuit
was filed, household cleaner manufacturing giant SC Johnson announced that it would begin disclosing the chemical ingredients in its products through
product labels and a website.
“Making product ingredient information easily accessible to the public is a critical step towards protecting the health and well-being of all consumers.”
damage, reproductive system damage, and birth defects. Some solvents in cleaning products are also toxic to the nervous system.
products overall. That means safer working conditions for the people who keep our schools, hospitals, and office buildings clean.”
chemicals of concern, such as alkyphenols, terpenes, benzene, some antimicrobial agents and certain synthetic musks are in the products they use,” said Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer! Program Coordinator Margaret Roberts.
schools,” Grassroots Environmental Education Executive Director Patti Wood.
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