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Posted on 10/05/2019
Alaska city bans certain FRs in furniture

The City of Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city with 300 000 population, has passed an ordinance banning many types of flame retardant in (consumer) upholstered furniture and products for children under 12 (for use in the home). All “halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen or nanoscale” flame retardants are covered by the ban, as well as antimony and also any FR listed by Washington or California. Halogenated is defined as covering any flame retardant containing fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine. The ban covers manufacture, sale or distribution or any other transaction, within the municipality. Such local bans pose difficult problems for retailers and manufacturers operating at anything other than a local level.

Anchorage municipal ordinance AO 2019-15(S), voted on 19th March 2019 http://www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/Documents/AO%202019-15(S)_1_As%20Amended.pdf

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