Eliminating a harmful chemical from children's products is the goal of a bill moving introduced in the Washington State Senate. Joined by doctors, parents and representatives from the Washington Toxics Coalition, Senator Sharon Nelson pushed for a statewide ban on Tris chemicals, a dangerous flame retardant found in large numbers of children's toys, bedding and car seats.
Sen. Nelson: “It’s time to ban Tris. We know it’s a carcinogen, we know it’s harmful, and to make sure in this legislation that other alternatives that are explored are safe and we know what will be put in next. We’ve got to stop that cycle where one toxic is replaced with another.”
Nelson’s measure, Senate Bill 6120 is part of the Toxic-Free Kids Act, which would ban the use of Tris flame retardants in children’s products and require the use of safer alternatives starting in July of 2014.