Flame Retardants

Propublica: “Why the U.S. is losing the fight to ban toxic chemicals”

This story was originally published by ProPublica by Nell Bedi, Sharon Lerner, and Kathleen McGrory When ProPublica published stories this fall cataloging new evidence that American chemical workers are being exposed to asbestos, readers reacted with surprise over the most simple fact: Asbestos, the killer mineral whose dangers have been known for over a century, is still legal? Asbestos is only one of many toxic substances that are linked to problems like cancers, genetic mutations and fetal harm and that…

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Common fire retardants killing firefighters UVic report says

by Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2020 Flame retardants routinely added to common household products are killing firefighters, putting children and pregnant women at risk and contaminating the environment while not significantly improving safety, says a new report.Raising the Alarm: The Case for Better Flame Retardant Regulation in Canada was prepared by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre for Local 730 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents firefighters at the Victoria Fire Department. It surveyed…

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Burning flame retardants = bad!

That’s why Clean Water Action and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow delivered 433 letters to Governor Charlie Baker on Feb 14, 2020.   Our message: Sign the Act to Protect Children, Families and Firefighters!  It’s time to ban toxic flame retardants! Over a year ago, Baker vetoed a bill to ban 11 toxic flame retardants from upholstered furniture,  children’s products, mattresses, carpeting, bedding, and window treatments. So, when the legislative session started up again, our champions Representative Decker and Cynthia…

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