Washington State to Evaluate Six Flame Retardant Chemicals for Inclusion on Chemicals of High Concern List

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The state of Washington is developing a report to evaluate and set policy recommendations for six flame chemicals of high concern for children (CHCC) under Washington’s Children’s Safe Product Act.

The candidate flame retardants: TPP, TCPP, TBPH, V6, IPTPP, and TBB will be considered.

The state’s department of Health is acting in response to a law passed by the Washington state legislature in 2016. The law banned five flame retardant chemicals from children’s products, and directed the state’s Department of Ecology to consider listing the latest six chemical candidates as chemicals of high concern for children (CHCC) under Washington’s Children’s Safe Product Act.

The six chemical candidates were added to Washington’s CHCC list in September 2017.

As required by the bill, the health department is convening an advisory committee “to provide stakeholder input, expertise, and additional information in the development of recommendations for each of the chemicals.

The Department of Ecology will make recommendations to the legislature on policy options for reducing exposure, developing safer alternatives and restricting or prohibiting the use of the substances.

The committee’s first meeting will be held on June 15 in Tumwater, Washington. Meetings have also been scheduled for August 17 and September 28.

The passage of Washington’s Children’s Safe Product Act made the state’s restrictions on flame retardant chemicals the most stringent in the United States.

About Jack Schatz

Jack Schatz began writing about Proposition 65 and other U.S. environmental laws since 1994. He has also written extensively about Consumer Product safety as well. He is the publisher and co-author of the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Proposition 65 Handbook.
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