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State House restricts six flame retardants

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state House has approved a measure that would ban six chemical flame retardants from household furniture and children’s products such as strollers and changing pads.

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege says this bill would get harmful flame retardants out of the environment and ensures their replacements are also not harmful.

He is a firefighter and says he’s also concerned about the potential harm to firefighters when the chemical is burned and inhaled.

The proposed law passed Wednesday by 72-25 and now goes to the Senate.

House Bill 1294 is the identical bill that advanced out of the House during the 2013 legislative session.

The Senate last year approved a scaled-down version of that bill, which did not include banning the two retardants from sofas and other household products.

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