Action on Flame Retardants

This week, two bills that would protect our children, families, and firefighters from harmful flame retardants moved one step
closer to becoming Massachusetts laws.

The Children and Firefighters Protection Act (H.2119) and An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants (S.1132) were reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and the Joint Committee on Public Health, respectively.
There are a multitude of reasons to eradicate flame retardants from our everyday lives, and protect the well-being of firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every day. This is an important step towards significant change.
The bills were sponsored by Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) and Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton); each bill will now be assigned to a financial or procedural committee in the House or Senate.

These bills will require manufacturers and retailers to phase out the use of certain flame retardants in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture. The bills will also give the Department of Environmental Protection the authority to restrict additional flame retardant chemicals if they are linked to serious health problems and Massachusetts residents are in danger of being exposed.

March 16th was the deadline for committees to take action on bills so these are not the only bills endorsed by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow that we received news on in the past few weeks. Last week chemical disclosure and chemical phase out bills were given a favorable report by the Environment Committee. Other bills were either “sent to a study” (which most likely is a dead end for this session) or had their deadlines extended so that committees could continue their consideration.