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DRAFT - Alternatives to Deca-BDE in Televisions, Computers and Residential Upholstered Furniture

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08-07-062November 2008
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Author(s) Departments of Ecology and Health
Description This report was written to fulfill the requirements of RCW 70.76, signed into law by Governor Gregoire in 2007. This law restricts the manufacture, sale and distribution of products containing a type of chemical flame retardant called PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). The three types of PBDEs used in consumer products are Penta-BDE, Octa-BDE and Deca-BDE. The prohibition became effective for all products containing Penta-BDE and Octa-BDE, and for mattresses containing Deca-BDE in January, 2008. At the time the law was passed, safer alternatives for Deca-BDE had not been identified for other products, specifically, residential upholstered furniture, and electronic enclosures used in televisions and computers. RCW 70.76 lays out a process for identifying the availability of safer, technically feasible alternatives to Deca-BDE that meet fire safety standards for these applications. When safer alternatives are identified, the manufacture, sale or distribution of upholstery and electronic enclosures containing Deca-BDE will be prohibited two years from the date of identification.
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Keywords alternatives, televisions, Governor, residential, safety, law, health, computers, Ecology
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