March 6, 2020
Authored by: Susan Brice and John Kindschuh
People want certainty from federal agencies. We all yearn for direction, especially from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). Here is the information, albeit limited, we can use for 1,4-Dioxane.
What is 1,4-Dioxane?
1,4-Dioxane is a synthetic industrial chemical that is a colorless, clear, and flammable liquid with a faint odor.
1,4-Dioxane was used as a solvent for extracting animal and vegetable oils as well as in the formulation of inks, coatings, and adhesives. It also was also used as a solvent in processing crude petroleum, petroleum refining, and petrochemicals.
1,4-Dioxane was (and sometimes currently still is) found in numerous goods, including deodorants, perfumes, mouthwashes, paints, cosmetics, detergents, certain plastics, and other products.
What are the Drinking Water Requirements?
Notably, there is no maximum contaminant level (“MCL”) for 1,4-Dioxane. To date, EPA has only issued a health advisory suggestion that others