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North Carolina Issues Bill to Prohibit Toxic Flame Retardants in Bedding

May 20, 2015

North Carolina Bill HB648: Prohibit Toxic Flame Retardants in Bedding, will prohibit toxic flame retardants in bedding and specifies the following:

No manufacturer selling, offering for sale, or distributing for sale any bedding that contains regulated flame retardants is allowed to replace any regulated flame retardant with chemicals of similar concern due to their toxicity, bioaccumulation, persistence, or long‑range transport as listed in the following:

  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory List of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals
  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • The Washington Department of Ecology List of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals
  • The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
  • The European Parliament Annex XIV concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)This bill does not cover used or renovated bedding.
  • The Bill allows the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish a labeling requirement for bedding that meets fire safety standards and does not contain regulated flame retardant.

The proposed effective date of this bill is on January 1, 2017