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Washington Bans PBDEs

A bill passed by the Washington State Legislature places a limited ban on the use and sale of all polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. The legislation includes a widespread ban, effective January 1, 2008, on the octa and penta forms of PBDE, which were voluntarily discontinued by the sole manufacturer, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, in 2005 (see


Vol. 14, No. 2). The bill also includes a more limited ban on the deca form of PBDE, prohibiting its use in mattresses, residential upholstered furniture, and televisions and computers; another deca ban, passed in Europe in 2006, is limited to electronics. The deca ban, however, is subject to the findings of the Department of Health and a fire-safety committee, both of which will search for an alternative flame retardant that meets fire-safety standards. If an alternative is found by December 2008, the ban will go into effect in 2011; if not, the flame retardant will be allowed in the state until an alternative is discovered. For more on flame retardants, including PBDEs, see


Vol. 13, No. 6.

Published May 1, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, May 1). Washington Bans PBDEs. Retrieved from

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