Washington State now has the nation’s strongest law regulating toxics in products. The Safer Products for Washington Act gives our state regulators the authority to identify and take action on toxic chemicals in products used in our homes, schools, and workplaces.
This was a huge win for our state, but passing the law was only the first step. Now state regulators are implementing the law and taking steps to ban the most dangerous chemicals in commonly used products – starting with PFAS, phthalates, toxic flame retardants, and industrial phenolics.
Take action: Support the Department of Ecology in taking strong action on toxics in products!
Many of these chemicals have a disportionate impact on sensitive populations, including pregnant women and children. Low-income communities, people of color, and firefighters and others facing pollution on the job often have higher exposures. And the same chemicals that impact people are impacting salmon, orcas and other wildlife.
Right now, Washington’s Department of Ecology is asking for comments to decide which products containing these five classes of chemicals they should consider first. The agency has proposed a strong list of products that are widely used from toxic flame retardants in TVs to PFAS in carpet.
Their list is a great start, but overlooks several key sources of dangerous toxic chemicals. We need bold action now to protect the health of sensitive populations and species, from babies to orcas. Some of the products missing from Ecology’s list include: flame retardants in building materials; PFAS in upholstery, floor finishes (waxes/coatings), and apparel; phthalates in food packaging and processing materials, cleaners, and personal care products; and industrial phenolics and PCBs in paints.
Now is the time to speak up and make sure these products make the cut. Comments are due March 2. Can you weigh in today?
UPDATE 3/2/20: We just released a new study today showing that children are being exposed to PFAS from multiple sources. If state regulators stick with their plan to only look at carpet, they leave our children at risk. Apparel, upholstery and floor treatments need to be on their list. Contact them today!