In 2019, the Washington State Legislature enacted the Pollution Prevention for Healthy People and Puget Sound Act (Chapter 70A.350 RCW). The Act directs the Department of Ecology (DOE) to implement a program to reduce priority chemicals in consumer products. The Department’s regulatory program to implement the 2019 law is called “Safer Products for Washington.”
The proposal by Ecology to restrict all organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) in a broad range of electronic and electrical equipment is unjust and unwarranted. This overly broad recommendation will have a significant detrimental impact on overall product safety, performance, sustainability and innovation. The proposed regulation may be the broadest of its kind in the world and would have hugely negative implications for a huge range of products.
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