Bloomberg Law
May 24, 2022, 9:39 PM

New York Moves to Ban Forever Chemicals in Clothing by 2024

Keshia Clukey
Keshia Clukey

New York is moving to ban the sale of clothing containing PFAS, a group of “forever chemicals” that have been linked to cancer, under legislation headed to Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) for her consideration.

The measure (A.7063A/S.6291A) would prohibit the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in apparel, as well as the sale of items containing the chemical starting Dec. 31, 2023.

“When we buy clothing or other forms of common apparel, we assume that product is safe for our families,” Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, the bill’s Assembly sponsor, said in a news release after the bill’s ...