Washington State is a leading force in the nation on toxic chemicals: Washington passed a first-in-the-nation ban on the toxic flame retardant deca (PBDE) that inspired chemical manufacturers to work with EPA and voluntarily phase out PBDE production nationally. WA passed a ban on the use of hormone-disrupting BPA in baby bottles – helping build momentum that resulted in the FDA taking up the ban at the national level in 2012. Washington passed the strongest ban in the nation on lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children’s products, inspiring passage of a federal ban.
Washington set up our nation's most comprehensive chemical disclosure requirement to date for companies to report chemicals of high concern to children in kids' products. Washington's Green Chemistry Center, promoting the use of safer chemicals, also serves as a model to the nation.