|Maine Legislature Supports Deca Phase-Out|
ACHM Announcements - 5/24/2007. On May 24, 2007, the Maine Senate voted 29-5 (with one abstention) to support LD 1658, a bill that would phase out the toxic flame retardant known as “deca,” in favor of safer alternatives. The bill, An Act to Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals Released into the Home, sponsored by Representative Hannah Pingree (D-North Haven), was unanimously approved by the Maine House on May 16. The bill bans the use of the toxic flame retardant deca in mattresses and furniture on January 1, 2008 and phases out its use in televisions and other plastic-cased electronics by January 1, 2010.