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The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Consumer product" means any item, including any component parts and packaging, sold for residential or commercial use.
(2) "Department" means the department of ecology.
(3) "Director" means the director of the department.
(4) "Electronic product" includes personal computers, audio and video equipment, calculators, wireless phones, game consoles, and handheld devices incorporating a video screen that are used to access interactive software, and the peripherals associated with such products.
(5) "Inaccessible electronic component" means a part or component of an electronic product that is located inside and entirely enclosed within another material and is not capable of coming out of the product or being accessed during any reasonably foreseeable use or abuse of the product.
(6) "Manufacturer" means any person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, governmental entity, organization, or joint venture that produces a product or is an importer or domestic distributor of a product sold or offered for sale in or into the state.
(7) "Organohalogen" means a class of chemicals that includes any chemical containing one or more halogen elements bonded to carbon.
(8) "Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances" or "PFAS chemicals" means a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.
(9) "Phenolic compounds" means alkylphenol ethoxylates and bisphenols.
(10) "Phthalates" means synthetic chemical esters of phthalic acid.
(11) "Polychlorinated biphenyls" or "PCBs" means chemical forms that consist of two benzene rings joined together and containing one to ten chlorine atoms attached to the benzene rings.
(12) "Priority chemical" means a chemical or chemical class used as, used in, or put in a consumer product including:
(a) Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances;
(b) Phthalates;
(c) Organohalogen flame retardants;
(d) Flame retardants, as identified by the department under chapter 70A.430 RCW;
(e) Phenolic compounds;
(f) Polychlorinated biphenyls; or
(g) A chemical identified by the department as a priority chemical under RCW 70A.350.020.
(13) "Safer alternative" means an alternative that is less hazardous to humans or the environment than the existing chemical or chemical process. A safer alternative to a particular chemical may include a chemical substitute or a change in materials or design that eliminates the need for a chemical alternative.
(14) "Sensitive population" means a category of people that is identified by the department that may be or is disproportionately or more severely affected by priority chemicals, such as:
(a) Men and women of childbearing age;
(b) Infants and children;
(c) Pregnant women;
(d) Communities that are highly impacted by toxic chemicals;
(e) Persons with occupational exposure; and
(f) The elderly.
(15) "Sensitive species" means a species or grouping of animals that is identified by the department that may be or is disproportionately or more severely affected by priority chemicals, such as:
(a) Southern resident killer whales;
(b) Salmon; and
(c) Forage fish.
[ 2020 c 20 § 1451. Prior: 2019 c 292 § 1. Formerly RCW 70.365.010.]
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