Washington became the first state in the nation Tuesday to ban the use of chemical flame retardants in some common household items.

With a 41-8 vote, the Senate passed a limited ban of the widely used chemicals, which research shows can cause health problems including neurological damage to mice pups in lab experiments.

“It’s a great victory for children’s health over the scare tactics of the (flame retardant) industry,” said Laurie Valeriano, policy director for the Washington Toxics Coalition, an environmental group. …

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