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Governor Brown Asks Regulators To Revise Flammability Standards

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 18, 2012

California's current flammability standards are nearly 40 years old.  Governor Brown has directed regulators to revise them, saying "a growing body of evidence" suggests that the flame retardants currently in use are harmful to human health and the environment. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley heads up the Green Science Policy Institute.  She says the retardants currently used in furniture, car seats, high chairs and other products are harmful - and almost impossible to avoid:

BLUM:  "So you eat your organic food but you're sitting on a couch that might have a pound of a chemical like DDT and PCB's in it and the chemicals are coming out continuously and they're going into dust and they're ending up in us, in our children, in our pets and wildlife."

The Chemical industry has said the flame retardants improve fire safety.  The Department of Consumer Affairs says it could take up to a year for the new regulations to be adopted.
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