Will Washington Get A Strong Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act?
Last Wednesday, the Senate voted on the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294). Unfortunately, it passed a completely inadequate version of the bill that will not protect kids, fire fighters or the environment. But in good news, the House refused to accept the Senate’s weak bill and has asked to negotiate with the Senate.
Last Wednesday, the Senate passed a completely inadequate version of the Toxic-Fee Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294) that will not protect kids, fire fighters or the environment from toxic flame retardants.
But in good news, the House refused to accept the Senate’s weak bill and has asked to negotiate with the Senate.
There are four days left for the Senate to strengthen the bill and adopt the House version.
The chemical industry, represented by the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Washington Business, is leading the charge to oppose protections that would impact the profits of out-of-state chemical manufacturers.
The House version of the bill bans two types of Tris flame retardants from children’s products and home furniture and prevents manufacturers from using known toxic chemicals as replacements.
On the other hand, the Senate version of the bill only bans two Tris flame retardants (TCEP and TDCPP) in children’s products. This approach fails to address the large quantities of flame retardants present in couches and other furniture. Also, it does nothing to prevent companies from switching out one harmful flame retardant for another, which recent disclosures by Graco show is already happening.
It’s time to get companies off the toxic treadmill of simply substituting one harmful toxic chemical for another!
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