Why MOHAWK CERAMIC TILES ARE MORE DANGEROUS than ANY OTHER CRACKER
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued the state of Illinois over a new law that requires all ceramic tile sold in the state to have a label on the tile that states its intended use and the date of its installation.
The Illinois law also requires that ceramic tile installed in buildings be “safer” and not contain lead or other dangerous chemicals.
The Illinois legislation is one of a number of recent attempts by state legislatures to regulate ceramic tile in the United States.
In March, lawmakers in Florida and Kansas passed bills requiring ceramic tile installation to have the same safety features as traditional brick tile.
But critics have argued that the new requirements are unnecessary, since the materials used to make ceramic tiles are generally more dangerous than bricks.
“We’re just trying to make sure that when people are going to install ceramic tiles, they’re going to get them that are safe,” says Michael Cates, an attorney for the American Civil Liberty Union (aclu).
“They’re going for a more natural, less corrosive ceramic that is a much more natural material that will last for a long time.”
A federal judge in March ruled that the Illinois law is unconstitutional.
But state officials are arguing that the law is not a “legislative overreach” and that they are only imposing new rules because there is an uptick in cases of lead poisoning in children and pregnant women.
“The Illinois law does not take into account the fact that the state’s lead requirements are based on a very limited set of data, based on one study,” a spokesperson for Illinois’ Department of Public Health told NBC Chicago in an email.
“There is no credible scientific evidence to support the belief that there is a link between lead poisoning and ceramic tile.
We have not found any evidence to indicate that ceramic tiles lead to higher lead levels in children or pregnant women.”
In addition to the lawsuit, the Illinois legislature is also trying to pass a law that would require all commercial ceramic tile to have labels saying that the material is “safe for human consumption”.
The law, known as the Healthy Tile Initiative, would also require all ceramic tiles sold in Illinois to carry a “Made in Illinois” label.
“As soon as these new laws go into effect, we will begin implementing these mandates,” the spokesperson added.
“We will also be working to implement similar measures in other states where this issue is currently occurring.”