On March 17, 2016, the Mayor of the District of Columbia signed B21-0143 into law, banning the flame retardants tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) and tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). In doing so, the District of Columbia now has joined a number of other states, including Maryland, Minnesota and New York, in banning flame retardants from consumer (and especially children’s) products.
The new law will ban children’s products and residential upholstered furniture from containing more than 0.1% of these chemicals by mass. This ban goes into effect January 1, 2018. The ban becomes extended to all products on January 1, 2019.
However, the law exempts a number of products, including:
- Motor vehicles and their replacement parts and equipment;
- Many electronic devices and their accessories (e.g., desktop and laptop computers; calculators, wireless telephones, cables and adapters); and
- Electronic storage media.