Press: Flame Retardants

TIME: You Asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer?

August 24 2016

Cancer is just one of many health concerns linked to the chemical treatments used in furniture. Ask a public health scientist about couches and cancer, and you’re sure to hear about a State of California law enacted back in 1975. That law, called technical bulletin 117, or “TB117”, required furniture manufacturers to treat their products with flame retardant chemicals, mainly to protect against fires started by neglected cigarettes.…

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CBS Local: California Kids Have Higher Levels Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Bodies Than East Coasters

July 11 2016

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Just weeks after congress passed a law giving the Environmental Protection Agency more power to ban harmful chemicals; a new study demonstrates just how much chemical regulations can impact the health of our nation’s youth. From couch cushions, to baby products, to kid’s pajamas, chemical flame retardants are widely used in consumer goods. As a result, the average American infant has……

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CNN: Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products

July 1 2016

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It was long believed that you could acquire “better living through chemistry.” But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can…

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Chemical Watch: US House considers modifying flammability standards in car seats

June 3 2016

Congressman Jared Huffman (D–California) has introduced legislation to revise the federal flammability standard for children’s car seats. This would allow it to be met without added chemical flame retardants. Bill HR 5359 would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the existing flammability standards to measure a car seat’s smoulder resistance, rather than using an open flame test. The measure would also direct…

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KALW Your Call Radio: Toxic chemicals lurking in your home

6 April 2016

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From flame retardant furniture to cleaning supplies, our homes harbor countless chemicals. Due to gaps in US regulations, the health and environmental risks of thousands of chemicals remain unknown. What are the risks associated with common household products? How can we reduce toxins in our homes and the environment?…

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Science Magazine: Tackling Toxics

March 11 2016

Most Americans believe that if a chemical is in their cosmetics, their coat, or their couch, someone is making sure it’s safe for their health. In reality, little toxicity information or regulation is required for 80,000 industrial chemicals used in commerce in the United States. To address this, legislation to update the ineffective 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is currently moving through Congress.…

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Dr. Oz Show: Are there carcinogens in children’s pajamas?

March 9 2016

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By law, children’s pajamas have to meet flammability standards to keep your kids safe from fires. And, people are asking questions about those standards. What’s in those pajamas to make them flame-resistant? Could there be dangerous chemicals hidden in your children’s sleepwear? And we don’t even know it, in fact the opposite: we’re forcing you to put it in there? Our investigative correspondent, Elisabeth Leamy, took on the case.…

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