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Bill To Ban Toxic Flame Retardants Advances On Beacon Hill

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis

   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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