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From the Chicago Tribune

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for a sweeping overhaul of his state’s 1970s-era flammability standard, a change that could dramatically reduce or eliminate the toxic flame retardant chemicals in sofas, easy chairs and baby products in homes across the nation.

Last month, the Tribune’s “Playing With Fire” series exposed a deceptive, decades-long campaign by the tobacco and chemical industries to promote the California flammability rule, which has not undergone a major overhaul since it was adopted in 1975.

Brown’s decision to revamp the rule affects consumers nationwide because many manufacturers apply his state’s standard to furniture and baby products sold across the country. Federal and independent scientists say flame retardants added to meet the rule provide no meaningful protection from fires, and some of the chemicals are linked to cancer, neurological deficits, impaired fertility and developmental problems…

Patricia Callahan and Michael Hawthorne