Washington State Announces Interest in Restricting Chemicals in Certain Consumer Products

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

Washington State has taken its first steps towards implementing the nation’s strongest state chemicals law. This month, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) announced certain chemical-product combinations that it is studying for potential priority designation. Any such designated combinations could be subject to future restrictions or bans…

Ecology is focusing its initial research on the following chemical-product combinations:

  • Flame retardants: electronics, foam used in furniture, and building insulation
  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): carpets and aftermarket carpet treatments
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): printing inks
  • Phthalates: vinyl flooring and cosmetic fragrances
  • Phenolic compounds: laundry detergent, thermal paper, and can linings

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