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Ban toxic flame retardants now

Action: Stop Pollution

January 4, 2016   Action Alert ID# 319


Every day, most of us sit on chairs and sofas that contain pounds of toxic flame retardants. These chemicals migrate out of our furniture and other household products and are released into the air in our homes. As a result, 97 percent of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic flame retardants in their blood.

This is urgent—we have our first-ever chance to ban the sale of these toxic chemicals! Take action now to rid our homes of flame retardants, before the comment period ends on January 19.

To bring an end to this toxic nightmare, Earthjustice and the Consumer Federation of America—on behalf of an incredibly diverse coalition of organizations, including firefighters, pediatricians, consumer advocates and scientists—asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to prohibit the sale of any children’s product, piece of furniture or mattress if it contains a toxic flame retardant. We also asked for a ban on the sale of any electronic product with toxic flame retardants in its plastic enclosure.

The commission needs to hear from the public now. Please take action today to let the commissioners know you strongly support this action.

Flame retardant chemicals have been associated with severe health impacts, including:

reproductive impairment
neurological impacts like learning deficits and decreased IQ in children
endocrine disruption
immune disorders

Children’s products in particular are likely to contain flame retardant chemicals, putting kids at risk during critical periods of rapid growth and brain development. And low-income communities and communities of color have the highest levels of these chemicals in their bodies.

To make matters worse, household products containing toxic flame retardants can still burn, and when they do, they tend to produce more smoke, soot, toxic gases and carcinogenic combustion products. This puts building residents, firefighters and other first responders at greater risk of harm in the event of a fire.

Tell the agency responsible for consumer safety that you stand with firefighters, pediatricians, consumer advocates and scientists in asking for household products free of toxic flame retardants!

January 4, 2016   Action Alert ID# 319


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