Volume 90 Issue 44 | pp. 34-37
Issue Date: October 29, 2012

Cover Stories: Fighting Fires

EPA Targets Flame Retardants

Agency scrutinizes chemicals over concerns about health and environmental effects
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: flame retardants, EPA, TSCA, PBDE, regulation

New or revised standards for furniture flammability are not the only regulations in the works that will affect the market for flame-retardant chemicals. While California and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission draw up their furniture flammability standards, the Environmental Protection Agency is assessing flame-retardant chemicals to determine whether they pose risks to human health and the environment and require regulation.

EPA’s work on flame retardants is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s 2009 initiative . . .

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