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Flame Retardants

The Latest On: Flame Retardants

September 16, 2015 | In the News: Black Press USA

Hidden Toxins Contaminate Black 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.”

June 30, 2015 | Legal Document

Petition to Consumer Product Safety Commission

Re: 16 CFR § 1051 Petition for Rulemaking. Petition to the Consumer Product Safety Commission to adopt rules to protect consumers and children from the health hazards caused when toxic flame retardant chemicals are used in four categories of household products.

April 16, 2015 | Article

Coalition Seeks Ban on Flame Retardants

Health, firefighter, consumer and science groups are calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban certain consumer products if they contain any organohalogen flame retardants—a class of chemicals that counts dioxins and the pesticide DDT among its ranks.

March 31, 2015 | Case

Banning Household Products With Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants

A broad coalition of groups are seeking to ban four categories of consumer products—children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics—if they contain any flame retardant in the chemical class known as organohalogens.

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.