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The Latest On: Flame Retardants

September 16, 2014 | Feature

Firefighters Turn Up The Heat On Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are among more than 80,000 chemicals on the market that have not been adequately tested for health and safety. They have received increased scrutiny for their potential health impacts on firefighters, as well as on the general public.

September 4, 2014 | Article

America To Benefit From Flame Retardant Victories

Two victories in California last week will soon make families – and firefighters – across America healthier. Both involve toxic flame retardant chemicals deliberately put into our couches, chairs and other furniture items.

August 19, 2014 | Article

The Right to Know Reader: Our Current Laws Do Not Protect You From Toxic Chemicals

Every day, just in the course of normal activities, we are exposed to an unbelievable range of toxic chemicals that we may not know about. Of the 80,000 plus chemicals that have been approved to be on the market in the United States, approximately 24,000 are “secret”. Literally, we don’t know what they are.

April 14, 2014 | Case

Defending Improved Furniture Flammability Standard

A coalition of fire safety and health groups, represented by Earthjustice, has intervened to support the recently updated California furniture flammability regulations, which have been challenged by the major chemical manufacturer Chemtura.

March 13, 2014 | Audio

Lifting the Secrecy Around Chemical Safety

Attorney Marianne Engelman Lado discusses Earthjustice's work to fix our nation's broken toxics regulatory system and to lift the secrecy around chemical safety.

November 26, 2013 | Article

Calif. Ends Rule That Poisoned Us with Flame Retardants

Chemical flame retardants, which are present in a wide array of household products, have been linked to cancer and developmental, neurological and reproductive problems. And chances are, if you are sitting on a padded chair or couch, it contains these noxious chemicals.

April 16, 2013 | Article

Outdated Toxics Law Exposes Americans to Many Chemicals

Just sitting on a couch can accelerate the release of flame retardant chemicals, which are harmful to human health. And no one should think they are safe from these chemicals—a CDC test analyzing blood samples from 2003 and 2004, finding that 97 percent of Americans carry flame retardants in their blood.

July 24, 2012 | Article

Toxic Law's "Unsafe" Flaw

At a Senate hearing about the EPA's authority to control exposures to toxic chemicals, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cali.) wondered aloud: what would Americans say if asked whether they thought products containing poisonous chemicals are tested before being sold.

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