Wash. Senate OKs nation’s 1st flame-retardant ban

Child in a car seat
FILE image of a child being secured into a car seat. (KOIN 6 News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed a bill that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children.

Passed Wednesday, the measure to ban TCEP and chlorinated Tris was scaled back from the version advanced by the Democratic-controlled House in March.

Unlike the House bill, the current Senate version doesn’t include banning the two retardants from sofas and other household products. It also removes a provision barring the replacement of banned flame retardants with other likely toxic chemicals.

Both versions would make Washington the first state to ban chlorinated Tris from kids’ products.

The measure will head back to the lower chamber, which can either adopt the Senate version or work toward a compromise.

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