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April 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM
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.
February 26, 2013 at 6:55 AM
The price of healthy children is eternal vigilance, to paraphrase a quote of disputed origin. Protecting kids from harmful chemicals is a seemingly endless task for lawmakers.
The Washington Legislature is considering Substitute House Bill 1294, which prohibits the sale, manufacture or distribution of children’s products or residential furniture containing the chemical flame-retardant Tris in amounts greater than 50 parts per million in any component.
Support for passage of the bill was outlined Monday in a Times editorial. As the editorial noted, state lawmakers have a solid history of working to phase out, remove and ban a variety of toxic chemicals in children’s products. The challenge is mutant versions of the chemicals keep turning up.
The issue can be complicated when the chemical is touted as have a benign or even desirable effect, such as flame retardants. A series of reports by the Chicago Tribune generated their own heat about flame retardants.
Safer alternatives exist. As Washington and other states make their concerns known, the message will get out to use them.