“Consumer Product Safety Commission Takes On Flame Retardants”

Quoted from The Union of Concerned Scientists - http://blog.ucsusa.org/genna-reed/consumer-product-safety-commission-takes-on-flame-retardants

“Consumer Product Safety Commission Takes On Flame Retardants”
, SCIENCE AND POLICY ANALYST, CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY | SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, 2:53 PM EDT

“In 2015, Earthjustice and Consumer Federation of America, on behalf of a broad coalition of health, consumer, science and firefighter organizations, petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban a class of flame retardants, additive organohalogen flame retardants, from children’s products, furniture, mattresses, and electronic casings as hazardous substances.

The CPSC is considering whether or not to grant the petition and held a public hearing yesterday, at which I testified regarding the risks of flame retardants in households and the way in which flame retardant manufacturers and their lead trade association, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), have fought hard to keep these hazardous products on the market. The ACC is not a stranger to using the disinformation playbook. As we documented in our 2015 report, Bad Chemistry, the ACC has wielded influence to delay and quash important safeguards on a long list of chemicals, has funded science to exaggerate the chemicals’ effectiveness at lowering fire risk, and has employed innocuous-sounding front groups to do its dirty work without disclosing its relationship. A 2012 Chicago Tribune series did an excellent job of bringing much of the trade association’s activities to light.

The Commission will vote next week to determine whether they will grant the petition and begin to develop proposed rulemaking to ban these chemicals. We hope that the Commission will heed the recommendations of a long list of scientists, public health, and legal experts who agree that the CPSC has the legal authority and the scientific backing to ban these chemicals.”

Read the full article here – http://blog.ucsusa.org/genna-reed/consumer-product-safety-commission-takes-on-flame-retardants

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