New York state bans furniture, electronics that contain certain flame retardants


New York state Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation that will prohibit the sale of furniture, mattresses, and electronic displays containing what the governor said are certain dangerous flame retardant chemicals that have been linked to significantly elevated risks of neurological injury, hormone disruption, and cancer.

“Far too many household items contain toxic chemicals that put our children and first responders at risk for serious illness,” said Gov. Hochul. “The furniture, mattresses, and electronics we buy should be safe, and with this legislation signed, we can now ensure that when these items are sold in New York, they will be free of hazardous materials.”

This bill will regulate chemicals in upholstered furniture, mattresses, and electronic enclosures. It helps to define terms like halogenated chemical, organophosphorus chemical, and organonitrogen chemical. It prohibits the sale of any furniture that contains identified flame retardant chemicals. It also established a fine of up to $2,500 per day for repeated offenses.

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