Washington State Department of Ecology - October 29, 2013

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Two changes made to children's product chemical list

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has adopted changes to the Children’s Safe Product Act reporting list, which specifies the chemicals that children’s product manufacturers must report on under the law.

Ecology added a chlorinated tris flame retardant (tris[1,3-dichloro-2-propyl]phosphate) and removed a chemical solvent called n-butanol.

The changes respond to two petitions Ecology received to amend the reporting rule. The Washington Toxics Coalition and the American Chemistry Council, which submitted the petitions, 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 law, manufacturers of children’s products must report to Ecology if their products contain these chemicals. The reporting rule phased in the reporting requirements. Ecology has now received three sets of data reports from manufacturers.

Ecology’s response to comments received during the public comment period is available on our website.

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Media Contacts:
 Kathy Davis, 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 (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/cspa/)

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