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New regulations to reduce toxic chemicals issued


Jun 02, 2023

The Washington Department of Ecology issued new regulations to reduce pollution from toxic chemicals in consumer products. Under the regulations, manufacturers will be required to restrict or report the use of certain chemicals in specific products.

Ecology’s Safer Products for Washington program is designed to reduce this pollution by restricting certain toxic chemicals when a safer chemical alternative is available. Where a safer alternative hasn’t been identified, Ecology can require manufacturers to report the use of these chemicals to increase transparency. Washington’s 2019 toxic pollution law also allows Ecology to regulate chemicals by class to reduce the likelihood of swapping out one toxic chemical for another.

The products covered by the new regulations are significant sources of these toxic chemicals: 

  • Phenolic compounds in laundry detergent, food and drink can linings, and thermal paper.

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