27 Jun '12, 5pm

Say it ain't so, Joe! Flame retardants: Good at hurting development of everything but fire via @buildinggreen...

What's Happening from Environmental Building News Flame Retardant Rules Result of Deception, Says Investigation By Erin Weaver New flammability standards could lead to improved fire safety without the toxic chemicals encouraged by industry scare tactics. The dangers of flame retardants have been understated and the benefits exaggerated, while groups promoting them may not be what they seem, according to the Chicago Tribune in a recent investigative series . In reviewing thousands of government, scientific, and internal industry documents, the Tribune found evidence of long-term deception on the part of chemical manufacturers, and the newspaper suggests that the original push to mandate fire-resistant furniture came from an unexpected source: the tobacco industry. While chemical bans have successively led to the development of new flame retardants that turn out to be just a...

Full article: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/5/14/F...

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