Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) has signed legislation (S.B. 556) that phases out the manufacture, lease, sale, or distribution of certain products containing the flame retardant decabrominated diphenyl ether (deca-BDE). Under the law, effective on October 1, 2010, the phase-out of products containing deca-BDE will begin December 31 for mattresses, upholstered furniture designed for residential use and electrical equipment, with exceptions for certain replacement service parts manufactured before January 1, 2011. On December 31, 2012, the ban will extend to all products except for certain transportation equipment and military equipment and its components, which will be banned effective December 31, 2013.