DAILY NEWS Nov 28, 2012 4:00 PM - 7 comments

Chemicals in flame retardants still drawing concern

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By: HazMat Staff
November 28, 2012 2012-11-28

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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Posted December 26, 2012 03:37 PM


Frank Tettemer

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/

Posted December 12, 2012 12:08 PM


Frank Tettemer

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/

Posted December 12, 2012 12:01 PM


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