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Many States Continuing to Introduce Their Own Chemical Policy Bills

Despite last year’s passage of the “new” Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a broadly supported bipartisan piece of legislation that is a clearly stronger chemical control law than the law it amended, and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) very precautionary interpretation of it thus far, there will continue to be a lingering misunderstanding about chemicals and the role they play in our society. Chemophobia will persist and continue, as will activity in the states. Unfortunately, scare tactics and junk science continue to drive policy. This will be an ongoing challenge, and it should come as no surprise. We are, nevertheless, hopeful the new TSCA will temper state activity and enhance public confidence over time, after all, that is why we supported it. 
 
But, for now, states have have almost reflexively started taking action again this year, basing their activities on misleading claims about chemicals in commerce. Many of the usual suspects have already introduced bills. Below is an update of potential bills to watch:

NEW YORK

New York SB 742 /AB 3368 – Flame retardant ban in furniture

New York SB 1454 – Chemical in children’s products

New York SB 1484 – Prohibits certain chemicals in nail polish

New York AB 994- Bans certain phthalates in children’s products

New York AB 1143 - Bans styrene products

New York SB 86 – Bans BPA in children’s products/ food and beverage

New York SB 87 – Bans BPA in business transaction paper

New York SB 36  Green procurement policy

New York SB 1935AB 3941 – Requires environmentally sound packaging

New York AB 1534/SB 4316 – Prohibits sale or commercial use of styrofoam

New York SB 1607 – Bans  sale of cadmium added novelty consumer products

New York AB 1046 – Creates toxic information clearing house

New York AB 1884SB 3438 – Bans formaldehyde in children’s products

New York AB 2186 – Bans BPA and phthalates in children’s products

New York SB 497 – Bans formamide in children’s foam mattresses

New York SB 2710 – Establishes qualities that determine toys and children’s products containing toxic substances

New York AB 3786SB 5053- Prohibits the use of cleaning products with triclosan

 

VERMONT

Vermont SB 10 – Liability for contamination in the potable water supplies

Vermont HB 268 / SB 103 – An act relating to the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous materials

 

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island HB 5082 – Bans bromide and chlorine bonded to carbon in upholstered children’s products.

Rhode Island HB 5822 -  Bans formaldehyde in children’s products

Rhode Island  HB 5823 - Prohibits that use of containers or food packaged in containers that contain BPA

 

MAINE

Maine LD 182 - Flame Retardant ban in upholstered furniture

Maine LD 349- EPR Mattress Stewardship Program

Maine LD 375 – EPR Carpet Stewardship Program

Maine LD 385- EPR Battery Stewardship Program

Maine LD 699– An act to enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts HB 439SB 1191 – Disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products

Massachusetts HB 1245/SB 1175 – An act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants

Massachusetts SB 474 - An act to reform the Toxic Use Reductions Act

Massachusetts HB 435 - Establishes a commission on EPR

 

ALASKA

Alaska HB 27 – Flame retardants in furniture and children’s products

Alaska HB 28 - Ingredient disclosure for cosmetics

Alaska HB 53 – Flame retardants ban on furniture and Children’s products

 

WASHINGTON

Washington HB 1068 - An omnibus budget bill (page 126 allocates money to chemical regulation program)

Washington HB 1744Prohibits PFAS in food packaging

HAWAII

Hawaii SB 1150– Restricts the sale of sunscreen or personal care products containing oxybenzone

Hawaii HB 450 - Requires the University of Hawaii to study the effects of sunscreen on Hawaii’s coral reefs

 

CALIFORNIA

California SB 258  – Ingredient disclosure on label for cleaning products

 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico HB 450 / SB 453 - Flame retardants ban in children’s products

 

OREGON

Oregon SB 836 -  Industry supported bill re:state chemical reporting program

 

MARYLAND

Maryland HB 206 – Bans flame retardants in children’s products and furniture

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia HB 2121 – Bans flame retardants in children’s products and furniture

 

IOWA

Iowa SF 113- Bans triclosan in cleaning products

Iowa HF 457– Prohibits the manufacture and sale of certain products containing specified chemical flame retardants.

 

MINNESOTA

Minnesota HF 727SF 716 – Chemicals of high concern

Minnesota HF 1627SF 1535 – Flame-retardant chemical use in products prohibited

 

TENESSEE

Tennessee HB 1029SB 1049- Flame retardant ban in children’s products


The states are mostly taking rifle shot approaches to ban particularly hot-button chemicals we frequently hear about. An overarching trend we continue to see is a broadening definition of a children’s product. Manufacturers should take notice as a lot can happen in the states in a short period of time. The next couple of months typically go particularly fast in the state arena, so stay tuned.
 
For more information, questions, or concerns, please contact Dan Newton at newtond@socma.com, or (571) 348-5122.
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