|Public Act 094-0100
||LRB094 11168 RXD 41821 b
AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Brominated Fire Retardant Prevention Act.
(a) Chemicals known as brominated flame retardants (BFR's)
are widely used in the United States. To meet stringent fire
standards, manufacturers add BFR's to a multitude of products,
including plastic housing of electronics and computers,
circuit boards, and the foam and textiles used in furniture.
(b) Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), which is a
subcategory of BFR's, has increased forty-fold in human breast
milk since the 1970s.
(c) PBDE has the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone
balance and contribute to a variety of developmental deficits,
including low intelligence and learning disabilities. PBDE may
also have the potential to cause cancer.
(d) Substantial efforts to eliminate BFR's from products
have been made throughout the world, including private and
public sectors. These efforts have made available numerous
alternatives safe to human health while meeting stringent fire
standards. To meet market demand, it is in the interest of
State manufacturers to eliminate the use of BFR's.
(e) In order to protect the public health and the
environment, the General Assembly believes it is necessary for
the State to develop a precautionary approach regarding the
production, use, storage, and disposal of products containing
brominated fire retardants.
In this Act:
"DecaBDE" means decabromodiphenyl ether.