The House approved and sent to the Senate legislation that would ban 11 toxic flame retardants from children’s products, bedding, carpeting and residential upholstered furniture sold or manufactured in Massachusetts, except for inventory already manufactured prior to December 31, 2021.
Violators would be fined up to $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a second and subsequent offenses. Motor vehicles, watercraft, aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and electronic devices are exempt from this law as are any previously owned products that contain a retardant.
Another provision requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review, at least every three years, chemical flame retardants used in these type of products and include them on the list of prohibited chemical flame retardants that are documented to pose a health risk.
The Somerville New Weekly, 9 November 2020