13 Jun '14, 12pm

@EPA Identifies Safer Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardants

The EPA is announcing safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam. “EPA’s findings for safer alternatives is great news for consumers and industry,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We will now have safer alternatives for use in our products from furniture to car seats to building insulation.” Flame retardant chemicals such as hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) raise concerns for human health and the environment including potential reproductive, developmental and neurological effects and can be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic to aquatic organisms. EPA is releasing the final report on alternatives to the flame retardant HBCD and releasing an updat...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95683-epa-identifies-safer...

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