More Magazine published their 4th annual “Fierce List”, profiling “Fifty women so forceful and resourceful, untiring and inspiring, they’ll jolt your brain, bolster your faith, and feed your soul.” This year’s list includes Green Science Policy Institute executive director Arlene Blum, for her role in bringing about the California state policy change that allows sale of fire-safe furniture and baby products without the need for flame retardant chemicals.

Thanks to biophysical chemist Arlene Blum, PhD, 69, your couch won’t kill you. In the 1970s, her research led her to campaign for government regulation of a cancer-casusing chemical used as a flame retardant on kids’ sleepwear. When Blum, now director of the Green Science Policy Institute, discovered that the same substance was being used in sofas and baby products, she lobbied against the use of such chemicals in those items. A new California law went into effect in January.

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