Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island  brought  the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act back to the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday. (TRT: 1:07) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act was heard in the Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Tuesday. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson of Maury Island has sponsored the bill again and hopes that this will be the year it moves forward.

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: 23) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “This is the fifth year we’ve been trying to ban flame retardants which are carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors for children um, out of children’s products and upholstered furniture. I am cautiously optimistic that we can get there because it’s really important for the development of our little one’s brains and for their futures to get rid of these toxics that are in their environment.”

Senate Bill 5684 will prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of residential upholstered furniture or children’s products containing chlorinated TRIS or other flame retardants listed by the state Department of Ecology as a high priority chemical of concern for children in amounts greater than 100 parts per million. Flame retardants are commonly used in the foam of children’s products including nap mats, car seats, mattresses, and strollers. The bill is expected to get out of committee on Thursday.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.