The state of Maryland has passed a bill prohibiting the import, sale or distribution of specified child care products containing more than one-tenth of 1% (by mass) of the flame retardant chemicals tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) and tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP).
Maryland HB 0229 regulates products intended for children under the age of three, and includes items such as toys, car seats, pillows, crib mattresses and strollers.
The ban took effect on October 1, and the bill does not contain provision for any phasing out of existing stock.
A first violation of the law carries a fine of up to $1,000, with subsequent infringements costing $2,500 on each occasion.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has received more than 300 comments on a proposed rulemaking that would add four phthalates to the state’s list of priority chemicals.
The ruling would mean manufacturers of products, that include clothing, furniture and building materials, must comply with reporting requirements, citing the items that contain the substances as well as the amounts in each unit.
The phthalates are:
● di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP);
● dibutyl phthalate (DBP);
● benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP); and
● diethyl phthalate (DEP).
The comment period closed on September, 29 triggering a 120-day decision deadline on the matter.