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Minnesota strengthens fire retardant law and prohibits PFAS chemicals in fire fighting foam

On May 23, 2019, the Minnesota legislature issued a bill, HF 359, that would expand the state’s existing restrictions on flame retardants and restrict the use of fire foam containing perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

On and after July 1, 2019, No retailer may sell or offer for sale or use in this state a children’s product or, upholstered residential furniture, residential textile, or mattress containing in amounts greater than 1,000 parts per million in any product component Including any chemical that contains one or more carbon elements and one or more halogen elements, including fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine.
The following are exempt from the provisions of this section,
1. An electronic component of a children’s product, mattress, upholstered residential furniture, or residential textile or any associated casing
2. A children’s product, mattress, upholstered residential furniture, or residential textile for which there is a federal or national flammability standard
3. Thread or fiber when used for stitching mattress components together
4. Components of an adult mattress other than foam
Beginning July 1, 2020, no person, political subdivision, or state agency shall discharge class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals for testing purposes or for training purposes.
The bill, which has bipartisan support, ultimately aims to protect firefighters from the potential carcinogenic effects of flame retardants.

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