Vinyl flooring, carpets and rugs next in line for Washington state restrictions


Washington state regulators have signalled plans to restrict phthalates in vinyl flooring and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in carpets and rugs under the Safer Products for Washington programme.

Officials from the state Department of Ecology said during a 17 August webinar that they had identified safer, feasible alternatives for the two priority product groups, which could open the door to regulating priority chemicals in those applications.

Ecology also offered an update on its plans for PFAS-containing leather and textile furnishings, saying its latest findings support restrictions on the substance class in furniture and home textiles.

The webinar follows a string of announcements from the department this summer in which it has shared its findings on feasible alternatives and potential regulations for chemicals of concern in 11 priority products.

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~sChemical Watch, 19 August 2021