California regulators will release an update to the state's flammability standards Friday. The change has health advocates and environmentalists cheering.
Governor Jerry Brown ordered the Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to update the state's standards last year. Ana Mascareñas with Physicians for Social Responsibility says currently an open flame test is required, and that leads to the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture and some baby products. She expects the draft of the new regulations to call for a so-called smolder test instead.
MASCAREÑAS: "We're excited that under the directive Governor Brown put out last year, we're updating this now obsolete fire safety regulation so that we can actually have better fire safety and not rely on the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals."
The release of the draft will be followed by a public comment period. A final draft could be ready by late summer. The chemical industry has fought changes to the standard, arguing that flame retardants improve fire safety.