In 2007, Washington State lawmakers thought they had washed their hands of toxic flame retardants called PBDEs, but then along came a chemical called TRIS.
"We banned PBDE only to find TRIS is being used, another carcinogen," said State Senator Sharon Nelson. "We have got to stop that cycle where one toxin is replaced by another."
Nelson, (D) Maury Island, and Representative Mary Lou Dickerson, (D) Seattle, have introduced legislation that would now ban TRIS or (TDCPP) and the similar chemicals called, TCPP and TCEP.
They were joined Wednesday in news conference in Olympia by Washington Toxics Coalition. They conducted a study on those chemicals, which they and doctors say are threats to human health, especially children.
"We found toxic flame retardants in 85 percent of the children and babies products we tested, including car seats, bassinette pads, nursing pillows and changing pads," said study author Erika Schreder, of the Toxics Coalition. "
The fire retardants are necessary to prevent the very popular and high flammable polyurethane foam used in those products from catching fire. The organization also featured some similar products they say do not use toxic flame retardants and still pass strict fire standards.