Capitol of Olympia in Washington state

Working with partner organizations, Toxic-Free Future lobbies lawmakers, organizes communities, and empowers people to win stronger health protections. Our 2018 state legislative priorities are below.

Interested in helping us win? Check out the Action Center to send a message to your legislators on these priorities, or contact Field Organizer Carina Wells at cwells@toxicfreefuture.org to get involved.

Toxic-Free Food Packaging (ESHB 2658/ESSB 6396

The Healthy Food Packaging Act protects our food, health, and environment by phasing out a highly persistent class of chemicals (PFAS) in food packaging. Used in food packages like microwave popcorn and fast food or bakery wrappers, these toxic nonstick chemicals move from the packaging, to the food, and then into our bodies with each bite. PFAS chemicals also pollute the environment when the food packaging is landfilled or composted and spread on the ground. 

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Safer Firefighting Foam, Gear, and Drinking Water (ESHB 2793/SSB 6413)

We’re joining our allies at the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters to fight for limiting the use of firefighting foams that contain harmful PFAS chemicals. These extremely persistent and cancer-causing chemicals are contaminating drinking water and threatening firefighter health.

Specifically, the bills:

  • Ban the sale of firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals beginning 2020 except in situations that require the use of PFAS-containing foams, like at certain airports.
  • Require manufacturers of PFAS-containing firefighting gear to notify anyone purchasing the gear that the gear contains PFAS chemicals.

CURRENT STATUS

  • ESHB 2793 is awaiting vote on the House floor
  • SSB 6413 has passed the Senate. Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15th at 9AM in House Environment Committee

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Toxic Flame Retardants in Electronics Products (HB 2632)

Policymakers and companies can help protect kids and families from harmful chemicals in electronic products by phasing out the use of problematic flame retardants, and ensuring consumers and policymakers have useful information to make purchasing and policy decisions about the chemicals used in products.

The Children’s Safe Electronics Act tackles the problem of dangerous chemicals in electronic products by:

  • Protecting kids from harmful organohalogen flame retardants by prohibiting manufacturers from selling electronics, home furniture, mattresses and other kids’ products, that contain dangerous organohalogen chemicals.
  • Filling the chemical information gap for consumers, parents, companies, and policymakers by requiring makers of electronics to report if other harmful chemicals are present in their electronic products.

CURRENT STATUS: In House Environment Committee

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