U.S. Senator to introduce legislation on flame retardants

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., intends to introduce legislation this year that would ban 10 flame retardants from use in children’s products and upholstered furniture. The legislation would ban TDCPP, TCEP, TBBPA, decabromodiphenyl ether, antimony trioxide, HBCD, TBPH, TBB, chlorinated paraffins and TCPPh.

The legislation also would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to examine all flame retardants. It is unclear how “children’s products” would be defined, but under current CPSC laws, children’s products include crib mattresses and those mattresses primarily intended for use by children 12 and younger. It is unclear whether such legislation would advance in the Senate, but it is unlikely such a bill could pass the House of Representatives in the current Congress, which is expected to adjourn prior to the end of the year.

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