It’s well known that the toxic chemical 1,4-dioxane, a solvent used for decades in consumer hygiene products such as shampoos and body washes, has been seeping into groundwater after swirling down our drains. Last year, however, “the chemical was detected in more than half of Long Island’s water supply,” reports Amy Thomson. New York state officials, almost immediately sounded the alarm.
“This isn’t just a problem in Long Island, or New York; dioxane has been found in drinking water across the country,” notes Thomson.
Dioxane has been found in the water supply of 45 states, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit focused on health and environmental research, affecting 90 million Americans.
California, New York, and North Carolina were found to have the highest number of people exposed to water contaminated by the carcinogenic chemical. Here’s what you need to know.