In 2011 this article highlighted the US battle to stop the use of toxic flame retardants. Read below to see what they were up against.
The chemical companies now have the United Kingdom market tied-up, especially as their hold on the US market diminishes. With no support from our media, how will we fight back?
“Facing growing concerns over the health risks of flame retardants in household products, the chemical industry spent at least $23.2 million over the past five years to lobby California officials and donate to campaigns in a successful effort to defeat legislation, according to an investigation by Environmental Health News.
During that time, five bills that would have regulated the ubiquitous chemicals failed to pass the California Legislature. The four top recipients of industry’s donations, three Democrats and one Republican, never voted in favor of any of the bills. Two of them were members of a committee that rejected one of the bills.
The 5-month investigation revealed an infusion of chemical industry cash into California that has global implications. During the five years of lobbying, the flame retardants have been building up in people’s bodies, including breast milk, around the world.”