March 19, 2012
Just in Time for Spring Cleaning, One-Stop Shopping for Cleaner Ingredients Would Benefit New Yorkers
Twenty one groups delivered a letter to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens today asking him to enforce a nearly 40-year-old lawthat requires the manufacturers of household cleaning products to disclose the sometimes dangerous and toxic chemical ingredients in their products, as well as the health risks the chemicals pose. For maximum benefit to consumers, the groups also called for a user-friendly, searchable, centralized database of product and chemical data.
“Spring is nearly here and with it spring cleaning. As New Yorkers break out their mops and buckets, they shouldn’t still be guessing what’s in their cleaning products” said Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of New York. “It’s time to step up and dust off this 40-year-old law. Let’s shine some light on what consumers are bringing into their homes and exposing their families to.”