New Orleans to ban use of household ammonia-based air freshener after city finds out its citizens breathe in toxic chemicals Independent

NEW ORLEANS, La.

— New Orleans will begin banning the use of its household ammonia air freshening product after a study showed the city is inhaling toxins from the substance.

The city council voted Thursday to ban the use and distribution of the air fresher and the manufacturer’s name.

“It’s a very important step in cleaning up our air,” said Councilman Michael Bourgeois, who led the charge to ban ammonia-containing products.

“It’s important to get rid of these toxic chemicals that are causing the problems.”

The council passed a motion unanimously that banned the use, distribution and dispensing of ammonia-producing products by Dec. 31.

New Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a $1.2 million pilot program for the city’s air clean up program earlier this month.

More than 1,200 people have reported that their indoor air was smelling like ammonia in the past two weeks, according to the city.

Landrieu also announced the city would be conducting a three-year pilot program to test for ammonia-contaminated products.