The Washington legislature recently passed SB 5135, which authorizes the Department of Ecology (DEC) to restrict priority chemicals and consumer products that are significant sources of the priority chemicals. The intent of the legislation is to protect the region’s orca whale population after a taskforce identified toxic contaminants as one of the key threats against the whale population.

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) was part of a large industry coalition opposed to this measure and was successful in amending parts of the bill to provide limited oversight to the DEC. HCPA is also opposed to SB 5135 due to the lack of opportunities for industry stakeholders to provide meaningful input to the DEC when making determinations and, as a result, lacks comprehensive scientific review. The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on May 9. The Washington state legislature adjourned on April 28.

Please contact Allyson Azar, Manager, State Government Relations & Public Policy, for additional comments or questions.


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