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Maine Bans Flame Retardants

Upholstered Furniture, beginning 01/01/2019.

Maine is the first state in the nation to pass a law (Bill LD182) banning all flame retardants in upholstered furniture. The new law outlaws the sale of residential upholstered furniture that contains more than 0.1% of a flame retardant chemical or more than 0.1% of a mixture that includes flame retardant chemicals.

Per the legislation: “Flame-retardant chemical” means a chemical or chemical compound for which a functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire. “Flame-retardant chemical” includes, but is not limited to, halogenated, phosphorus-based, nitrogen-based and nanoscale flame retardants and any chemical or chemical compound for which “flame retardant” appears on the substance safety data sheet required under 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1910.1200(g) (2015).

Stay tuned as we look into this new law for more information regarding any rules that are adopted as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

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