Advocates Continue Battle Against Flame-Retardant Chemicals
After years of failed attempts to regulate flame-retardant chemicals linked to mounting evidence of harm, state legislators and consumer advocates are gearing up to take another look at the risks and benefits. The chemicals have been measured at high levels in some Californians’ bloodstreams and research links some of the firefighting compounds to lower IQ scores among children. While state Sen. Mark Leno, (D-San Francisco), has carried bills that would limit the chemicals’ use in consumer products since 2007, heavily funded chemical companies repeatedly have lobbied against them. Now, a four-part investigation by the Chicago Tribune has exposed disingenuous testimony delivered to California lawmakers and found that the chemicals cause more harm than good.
California Watch [Author Christina Jewett]