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Editorial: Flame retardant makes the list
A long struggle to protect kids from toxic chemicals in children’s products takes a big step forward with a new regulatory listing.
Seattle Times Editorial
THE persistence of the Washington Toxics Coalition was rewarded with the inclusion of the flame retardant known as TDCPP on the state’s official list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
The state Department of Ecology agreed with the coalition’s petition, and arguments, for the designation that requires manufacturers to disclose the chemical’s use.
Efforts to ban the toxics from children’s clothes and furniture have come close in the state Legislature, as recently as last spring, but never became law.
DOE’s rule-making process provides a measure of public disclosure for a chemical that meets the criteria of the Children’s Safe Products Act.
TDCPP joins a list of 66 chemicals of concern to children’s health. Manufacturers will have until 2015 before they must report the data to the state DOE. One might assume, or hope, they would chose to move toward safer alternatives in the meantime. They exist.
Parents looking for information can go to the state Department of Ecology homepage Children’s Safe Products Act section: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/cspa/
Listing a product is not as straightforward as an outright ban or product labeling, but the information is available. The coalition’s website, , is a handy reference for parents and others.
This listing took a lot of patience, persistence and hard work by the Washington Toxics Coalition. A solid achievement.
The work continues. Randi Abrams-Caras, the coalition’s senior campaign director, was lobbying in Washington, D.C., this week. Legislation in the U.S. Senate would pre-empt progress by states on toxic chemicals.