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Bill To Ban Toxic Flame Retardants Advances On Beacon Hill

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis
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WAMC

   Both the Massachusetts House and Senate have now passed separate bills that would ban certain flame retardants from a variety of consumer products.

     A conference committee will work to produce a final bill.

    Thirteen other states have passed similar bans according to the environmental organization Clean Water Action.

    In Massachusetts, a coalition of public health advocates, environmental groups, labor unions and others have lobbied for such a ban since 2013.

   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG).

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