WA Senate OKs weakened flame retardant bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to ban one potentially cancer-causing flame retardant from kids' products but not another that is more widely used.

The bill, SB 6120, passed 41-6 Friday evening. It goes next to the House.

The original bill would have banned chlorinated Tris, a flame retardant used in children's pajamas in the 1970s but voluntarily taken off the market by manufacturers over health concerns. It has since returned to use.

An amendment that cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee by one vote Tuesday removed that ban.

The bill preserves a ban on TCEP, a form of Tris the chemical industry says hasn't been used in the U.S. for years.

The change in the bill was championed by Citizens for Fire Safety, an entity promoting the chemical industry's interests.