Introducing Our Blog Series “Scientist Spotlight: The Scientists Behind our Consumer Products Petition”

Imagine you are reclining on your couch and turning on a horror movie. Did you know that the flame retardants in your couch may be scarier than the monster on the screen? The dangers of these chemicals led a coalition of medical, firefighter, consumer, and science groups to submit a petition to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) asking for a ban on four categories of household products that contain any halogenated flame retardants. The petition targets children’s products, mattresses,…

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Opposition to proposed federal furniture standard is LOUD and CLEAR

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a notice that they are considering an open flame flammability standard which could lead to the use of more flame retardants in our nation’s furniture. Their previous proposed standard from 2008 focused on improving the smolder resistance of furniture, which is similar to the new California approach and improves fire safety without relying on flame retardant chemicals. The comment period closed on July 1, and over 76,000 individuals sent comments or signed…

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