The state Legislature is close to banning two Tris flame retardants from use in children’s products, but there is still time to do better.
House-passed legislation, ESHB 1294, awaits a vote on the Senate floor. But as the Washington Toxics Coalition points out, the bill no longer has a provision to prevent companies from moving to equally bad or worse chemicals. Safer alternatives exist for Tris, but the industry pattern has been to move to other chemicals with their own problems and hazards.
Getting Tris out of car seats, crib mattresses and changing and nursing pads is progress. But maintaining the so-called toxic treadmill and moving to dubious substitutes does not help the children.
The opportunity still exists to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, and put real legal force behind the best intentions of protecting children from harmful chemicals.
Here is more information about the proposal:
- Our editorial called on the Legislature to ban the toxins from children’s clothes and furniture.
- Maureen Judge, former head of the Washington Toxics Coalition, made the case for the ban in a guest column.
Due to an editing error, this blog post, originally published at 7:18 a.m. on April 17, 2013, was corrected at 12:40 p.m. on April 17, 2013. The earlier version incorrectly stated that Maureen Judge is the head of the Washington Toxics Coalition. She is the former head of the coalition.