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PUSH FOR FLAME RETARDANT BILL COUNTERED BY INDUSTRY CALL FOR VETO

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 8, 2019.....Gov. Charlie Baker is facing mounting pressure to sign a bill that would ban the use of certain toxic flame retardant chemicals in many products as industry groups lobby hard for the Republican to veto the bill.

Boston Deputy Fire Chief Jay Fleming stood with a group of lawmakers and advocates outside the House Chamber on Tuesday calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to sign the flame retardant bill. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Marjorie Decker brought together environmental advocates and firefighters on Tuesday to press publicly for the governor to sign the bill, which would ban the use of 11 flame retardant chemicals in children's products, household furniture and bedding.


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