The Latest On: Toxic Exposure & Health
Eve Gartner, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “Most commonly what we’re talking about [in housing] is lead dust ... Kids crawl on the floor and get this light layer of dust on their hands and they put their hands in their mouths, or the dust gets on some object and they put the object in their mouth. With this upcoming administration, who knows whether the EPA will ever update their standard.”
“As a political force, kids are no match for one of the world’s biggest chemical companies, and they’ll suffer for the lack of clout. While the CPSC fails to finalize its own rule, more and more kids are exposed to phthalates. The inaction 'speaks to the power of Exxon to frighten federal agencies away from doing their jobs,' as Earthjustice’s [Attorney Eve] Gartner put it.”
"It is widely understood now that these chemicals provide no safety purpose in the products we're targeting," said Eve Gartner, an attorney for Earthjustice who helped prepare the petition. "There is no legitimate reason for allowing them in our homes."
“The goal of the flame retardants is to give you a little bit of extra time [in a fire],” said Eve Gartner, a New York-based staff attorney for nonprofit environmental justice/advocacy organization, Earthjustice. “The California standard …required that the foam part of the furniture could withstand a small open flame for 10 seconds before your chair goes up in flames. But studies showed [the chemicals] don’t really give you that extra time.”