Washington State Department of Ecology - July 30, 2013


Ecology begins rule-making to make two changes to children's product chemical list

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is beginning the process of adding a chlorinated tris flame retardant (tris[1,3-dichloro-2-propyl]phosphate) and removing another chemical solvent called n-butanol from the list of chemicals that children's product manufacturers must report on under the Children's Safe Product Act (CSPA).

This rule-making process is in response to two petitions Ecology received to amend the reporting rule. These petitions, submitted by the Washington Toxics Coalition and the American Chemistry Council, provided information that was not available to the agency when the reporting rule was developed in 2011. Revising the list requires amending the rule.

Ecology, in consultation with the state Department of Health, developed the list of chemicals of high concern to children. The list currently contains 66 chemicals. Under the CSPA, manufacturers of children's products must report to Ecology the use of these chemicals in their products.  The reporting rule phased in the reporting requirements. Ecology has now received two sets of data reports from manufacturers.

Ecology invites public comments on the proposed rule revision. The comment period runs through Sept. 6, 2013. You can also submit comments in the following ways:

Testify or submit written comments at the public hearing to be held:

Aug. 27, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Department of Ecology headquarters building
300 Desmond Drive S.E., Lacey

Email comments to: csparule@ecy.wa.gov

Mail comments to:

Department of Ecology
Joshua Grice
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Wash. 98504-7600

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Media Contacts:

Kathy Davis, Ecology media relations, 360-407-6149, kathy.davis@ecy.wa.gov

Carol Kraege, Toxics Reduction Unit, 360-407-6906, carol.kraege@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Children's Safe Product Act website (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/cspa/)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)