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- Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2005 11:50:19 -0500
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Title: Another state urges ban on group of
As Governor Granholm signs legislation to ban two of the worst
toxic flame retardants in Michigan, Washington State's advisory
committee recommends action on a third highly toxic flame retardant.
Amidst growing evidence that this flame retardant is toxic, and also
degrades into more toxic forms, Michigan should follow suit to
protect our health and the health of the Great Lakes.
State urges ban on group of fire-retardants
By Warren Cornwall
Seattle Times staff reporter
A family of fire-retardant chemicals should be banned amid
growing concerns that it is toxic, particularly to fetuses and
infants, according to Washington state officials.
The recommendation by the state Department of Ecology (DOE) would
put Washington among a growing number of states seeking to ban
polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. That includes a version
of the chemical frequently used in electronics, textiles and
airplanes, known as deca-BDE.
Environmentalists welcomed news of the proposed ban but said they
would press the Legislature to move more quickly to outlaw deca-BDE.
The new recommendations call for a 12-month study of how to ban that
version of the chemical and whether to allow its continued use if
there is no good replacement.
"We're every excited about the plan. I think the plan
pretty clearly shows that deca is on the way out," said Mo
McBroom, staff attorney for the environmental group WashPIRG.
A business-community representative also welcomed the recommended
ban, but said the additional study was needed.