17 April 2007 23:52 [Source: ICIS news]
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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law after passage by the state Senate on 3 April.
The law will ban most uses of the octa-BDE and penta-BDE as of 2008, said state Representative Ross Hunter, the bill’s sponsor.
Exceptions include uses in airplane escape slides, he said.
The law will also ban the use of deca-PBDE in mattresses next year, Hunter said.
A new national standard for flame retardants would allow deca to be used in mattresses, but the state law would pre-empt its use in
Bans for other uses of deca would not take place unless a fire-safety committee approves equally viable alternatives to the retardant that are not too expensive, Hunter said.
The safety committee, made up of fire fighters, will have through 2011 to approve such alternatives, he said.
Hunter said he introduced the bill because a growing amount of research shows that deca can break down into more toxic chemicals, all of which accumulate in the body.
Flame retardant manufacturers opposed the law, arguing there is no scientific proof that deca is harmful to humans.
By Al Greenwood
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