Washington state to evaluate six flame retardants

Washington state is developing a report evaluating and setting out policy recommendations for six flame retardants: TPP, TCPP, TBPH, V6, IPTPP, and TBB. The state’s health department is acting in line with a law passed by the legislature in 2016. This banned five flame retardants from children’s products and directed the Department of Ecology to consider listing the latest six as chemicals of high concern for children (CHCC) under the Children’s Safe Product Act. The six were added to Washington’s CHCC list last autumn. As required by the bill, the health department is convening an advisory committee “to provide stakeholder input, expertise, and additional information in the development of recommendations” on the substances. It will make recommendations to the legislature on policy options for reducing exposure, developing safer alternatives and restricting or prohibiting the use of the substances. The committee’s first meeting will be on this 15 June in Tumwater, Washington. Meetings have also been set for 17 August and 28 September. People invited to be advisory committee members are:

Vyto Babrauskas, Fire Science and Technology

Andrea Carey, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Holly Davies, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, KingCounty

Washington Fire Chiefs Association (invited)

Elizabeth Friedman, University of Washington

Andy Hackman, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

AJ Johnson, Washington Council of Firefighters

Donald Lucas, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (retired)

Mary Catherine McAleer, Association of Washington Businesses

Brad Miller, BIFMA

Mark Newton, Samsung Electronics America

Cheri Peele, Clean Production Action

Heather Stapleton, Duke University

Dr Shirlee Tan, Seattle-King County Public Health

Joel Tenney, ICL (Israel Chemicals)

Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington

Laurie Valeriano, Toxic-Free Future


Stakeholder committee site

Chemical Watch, 24 May 2018 ; http://chemicalwatch.com

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