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Washington state to evaluate six flame retardants

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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, King County
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  

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