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USA: Washington’s Department of Ecology has drafted the fist set of priority chemicals classes for the implementation of the Chapter 70.365 RCW (Revised Code of Washington). The implementation program for the law is called Safer Products for Washington.

Chapter 70.365 RCW creates a process for Ecology, in consultation with Health, to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. The law requires us to designate priority chemicals, identify products that contain these chemicals, determine regulatory actions, and adopt rules to implement regulatory actions. Chemical restrictions require that safer alternatives are feasible and available. The law outlines steps that involve stakeholder consultation, legislative reporting, and rulemaking.

The first set of priority chemical classes were identified in the law. They are:

  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
  • Phthalates
  • Organohalogen flame retardants and flame retardants identified in RCW 70.240.010
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls

The draft is open for public comments until March 2nd, 2020.