Washington lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would ban two chemical flame retardants from sofas and children's products.
Washington lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would ban two chemical flame retardants from sofas and children’s products.
The state House voted late Wednesday night to approve the idea, with supporters saying the chemicals are harmful.
Rep. Kevin Van De Wege says it’s important to get the chemicals out of products to prevent children from being exposed. Van De Wege is a firefighter and is also concerned that when flame retardants burn they can be inhaled and cause harm.
The chemical industry has argued that the flame retardants have played an important role in reducing fires and can save lives.
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The proposed law passed the House by a 53-44 margin and now goes to the Senate.