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August 7, 2020 | Fact Sheet

Health Effects of HDQ Neutral

HDQ Neutral is a quaternary ammonium disinfectant. Short-term exposure to HDQ Neutral via inhalation can result in nasal discomfort, cough and damage to the respiratory tract. Long-term exposure to QACs like those found in HDQ Neutral has been associated with asthma in healthcare workers, and reproductive and developmental effects in animals.

July 23, 2020 | Letter

NYS Department of Health: Appeal of Constructive Denial of FOIL Request

On February 7, 2020, pursuant to FOIL, Riverkeeper and Earthjustice requested all public comments DOH received in response to its July 2019 proposal to adopt PFAS MCLs. Shortly after sending the FOIL request for public information, DOH asked, and Riverkeeper and Earthjustice agreed, to narrow the scope of the request so that DOH could gather and send the comments more quickly. Almost 6 months later, no records have been received, and DOH has stated it will not respond until late August.

July 16, 2020 | Legal Document

Petition for Review, Methylene Chloride Risk Evaluation

A coalition of community, labor, and environmental groups filed a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final methylene chloride risk evaluation, which unlawfully determined that manufacturing, disposal, and several other uses of methylene chloride present no unreasonable risk.

June 24, 2020 | In the News: The Guardian

U.S. Moves To Exempt Companies From Reporting Harmful Chemical Releases

Eve Gartner, Managing Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program: “It’s pretty clear that Congress set a 100 pound threshold because they’re concerned about very small amounts of these chemicals being released without people knowing about it. We know that PFAS at 1 teaspoon in an Olympic size swimming pool can have health effects.”