Public invited to comment on regulatory action on chemicals in consumer products – Community of Lewis-Clark Valley


Washington Department of Ecology

OLYMPIA – Consumers use hundreds of items every day, many of which contain chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment. The Department of Ecology is seeking public input to determine potentially hazardous chemicals it should regulate in consumer products. The 60-day comment period begins November 17 and the public can provide comments through the agency website. The draft regulatory measures include restrictions on:

  • Flame retardants in enclosures of electrical and electronic products, and recreational foam (such as in gymnasiums).
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in paints and printing inks, which are inadvertently created during the manufacture of pigments.
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) in carpets and rugs, leather and textile furniture and furnishings, and treatment sprays for textile and leather products.
  • Bisphenols in thermal paper (such as receipts) and can liners.
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APE) in laundry detergents.
  • Phthalates in vinyl flooring, personal care and beauty products.

“Many of the toxic chemicals that enter our bodies, our food and our environment come from common household products that we use every day,” said Darin Rice, who oversees the Hazardous Waste and Toxic Substance Reduction Program at Ecology. “Our Safer Products team is considering regulatory action on these sets of chemical combinations to help shut off the flow of toxics into products at their source, thereby reducing harm to people and the environment while maintaining the valuable services that these consumer products provide. “



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