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Chemicals in flame retardants still drawing concern

The impact of flame retardants in the environment was a primary focus at the annual conferences of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) held November 11 to 15, 2012 in Long Beach, California.


The impact of flame retardants in the environment was a primary focus at the annual conferences of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) held November 11 to 15, 2012 in Long Beach, California.

Research results presented at the conference indicate that flame retardant chemicals found in sources such as household products and electronic waste recycling continues to raise health and environmental concerns.

Many of the substances are found to be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. They are being found in an increasing number of locations in developed and developing countries, research suggests.

In 2010, the Canadian government released a federal strategy that outlines a comprehensive ban of toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a common flame retardant used in consumer products.

The feds have already banned two classes of PBDEs, but critics say more action is needed. Environment Canada has announced it plans to ban a third class of PBDE by 2012, but legislation hasn’t been introduced.


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7 Comments » for Chemicals in flame retardants still drawing concern
  1. Frank Tettemer says:

    I believe the most important area to look at is not just household products or electronic equipment, but spray foam or sheet foam building insulation.

    Have you noticed that no one talks about building insulation simply because it is so all pervasive, and present in so many new constructions. The flame retardants in building insulation are The Most Hazardous to us, just because they are so prevalent.

    My friend and colleague David Eisenburg and others have researched, studied, and written about this topic, and have presented their findings to officials in California. Please read about their findings:

    http://saferinsulation.greensciencepolicy.org/code-%20change-resolution/

  2. Don Holliday says:

    As a self proclaimed environmentalist, involved in the Waste and Recycling Industry for the last 30 years I continue to be amazed by the legislated requirements to add carcinogenic based fire retardants to household fabric based items! The requirement to add higher levels of these chemicals to young children’s sleep ware and clothing seems like requesting we immediately start to poison our children ensuring long term medical costs for society to bear! Just think we are forcing these children to receive a lengthy dose of cancer causing chemicals for up to 24 hours a day, every day, starting with their birth!

    On a related issue, CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs, completely subsidized by governments, are one of the most toxic products we are asked to introduce into our homes. Not only are they not a light source close to sunlight but are filled with mercury! Read the fine print for the advised requirements should you break one in your home! Place one in your reading light and time how long it takes for the headache to start! It turns out the “old” faithful incandescent bulb is the best source of lighting we have available…please lobby to stop government from banning these SAFE bulbs.

  3. Frank Tettemer says:

    I believe the most important area to look at is not just household products or electronic equipment, but spray foam or sheet foam building insulation.

    Have you noticed that no one talks about building insulation simply because it is so all pervasive, and present in so many new constructions. The flame retardants in building insulation are The Most Hazardous to us, just because they are so prevalent.

    My friend and colleague David Eisenburg and others have researched, studied, and written about this topic, and have presented their findings to officials in California. Please read about their findings:

    http://saferinsulation.greensciencepolicy.org/code-%20change-resolution/

  4. Frank Tettemer says:

    I believe the most important area to look at is not just household products or electronic equipment, but spray foam or sheet foam building insulation.

    Have you noticed that no one talks about building insulation simply because it is so all pervasive, and present in so many new constructions. The flame retardants in building insulation are The Most Hazardous to us, just because they are so prevalent.

    My friend and colleague David Eisenburg and others have researched, studied, and written about this topic, and have presented their findings to officials in California. Please read about their findings:

    http://saferinsulation.greensciencepolicy.org/code-%20change-resolution/

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  6. tgo tech says:

    TOXIC TRAIN SAFETY – A First Responders Petition caused The Chlorine Institute to conduct a five-month study comparing the safety of secondary containment to the chlorine

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