A measure that would ban the sale of children’s products, mattresses and upholstered furniture containing flame retardants in California has been approved by the state Assembly and awaits action in the Senate.
The Assembly approved the bill, AB 2998, on 30 May by a 58-12 vote.
The measure would bar, from 1 January 2020, the sale in California of covered products containing – or with a constituent component containing – the chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million. It covers all flame retardant substances. The bill would also bar repair and reupholstery businesses from working on furniture containing the substances.
Current California law requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to state whether or not the product contains added flame retardants and bars manufacture or sale of products that contain more than 1/10th of 1% of pentaBDE or octaBDE.