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If you worked from the assumption that a majority of the more than 80,000 chemicals released into the environment have been tested for human and environmental safety, you’d be wrong.

Take as a prime example flame retardants. They’re everywhere. In our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. Yet as pointed out by the searing new documentary “Toxic Hot Seat,”  flame retardants as currently used do little to stop fires. Their most noteworthy contribution, it appears, is earning a lot of money for chemical companies Chemtura (NYSE: CHMT), Albemarle (NYSE: ALB) and Israeli Chemicals Ltd., which together produce billions – yes, billions – of pounds of flame retardant chemicals annually. All the while, people are getting sick…

Brian Back