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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a bill (HB 4900) that would ban 11 flame retardants from being used in a variety of consumer items, including bedding, upholstered furniture and children’s products.

The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale and distribution of bedding, carpeting, children’s products, residential upholstered furniture and window treatments containing more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of any of 11 flame retardants in any component part of the product. The substances are:

  • tris(1,3‑dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP)
  • tris(2‑chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP)
  • antimony trioxide
  • hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • bis(2‑ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6- tetrabromophthalate (TBPH)
  • 2‑ethylhexyl‑2,3,4,5‑tetrabromobenzoate (TBB)
  • chlorinated paraffins
  • tris (1‑chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP)
  • pentaBDE
  • octaBDE
  • tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)

The bill would also require the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate every three years whether additional chemicals should be banned.

Publication Date:
Nov. 5, 2020

Enforcement Date:
July 1, 2021