SB 6540 relates to safety from certain toxic chemicals. The bill states that (beginning July 1, 2015), no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use in Washington state children's products or residential upholstered furniture, containing TDCPP (tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate), particular chemical abstracts, or TCEP (tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate), or other chemical abstracts in amounts greater than 100 parts per million in any product component.
As amended in the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications, SB 6540 does the following:
- Directs Ecology to participate with other states and organizations to: increase its understanding of available credible scientific data on chemical, uses, exposures, etc.; produce an inventory of information on safer alternatives for chemicals of concern and technical assistance to businesses; and undertake other activities to support state programs to protect the environment and human health.
- The collaborative effort process with other states must include collecting and disseminating information on chemical risks and hazards, the use of chemicals in child care products, and an assessment of alternatives to chemicals and their use in products.
- Ecology must ensure the completion of exposure and risk assessments for each chemical considered when examining existing chemicals, producing inventories, providing technical assistance, or promoting safer alternatives. Ecology must report to the Legislature any recommendations developed through participation in the collaborative process.