Proposal became law without Governor approval
5 October 2017 / Halocarbons, United States
The state of Rhode Island has banned the sale of bedding and furniture treated with organohalogen flame retardants under a law that goes into effect 1 July 2019.
The proposal became law on 4 October without the approval of Governor Gina Raimondo (Democrat) who chose not to sign or veto it.
In August, the Maine legislature gave final approval to a measure banning the use of all chemical flame retardants in upholstered furniture, overriding the veto of Republican Governor Paul LePage. That law takes effect on 1 January 2019.
More than a dozen US states have banned some categories of flame retardants. Many more considered legislation this year to restrict their use.
Washington state’s Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act, which restricts the use of five flame retardants in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture, went into effect on 1 July.
On a national level, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted on 21 September to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants in furniture and several other household product categories.
Julie A Miller – North American Desk Editor
“Rhode Island bans sale of organohalogen flame-retardant treated furniture”
Quoted from Chemical Watch - https://chemicalwatch.com/59733/rhode-island-bans-sale-of-organohalogen-flame-retardant-treated-furniture