Pollution In People And Flame Retardants

Pollution In People & Flame Retardants


  • Fear fans flames for chemical makers

    "Manufacturers of fire retardants rely on questionable testimony, front groups to push standards that boost demand for their toxic — and ineffective — products"

  • Big Tobacco wins fire marshals as allies in flame retardant push

    Cigarette-makers had man on the inside of key fire-safety group

  • Distorting science

    Makers of flame retardants manipulate research findings to back their products, downplay health risks

  • Toxic roulette

    Firemaster 550, touted as safe, is the latest in a long line of flame retardants allowed onto the market without thorough study of health risks

  • Chemicals In Mattresses: Crib Mattresses

    "Because they are smaller than adults and their bodies are still developing, children face greater risks from exposure to toxic chemicals, said Dr. Jerome Paulson, a George Washington University pediatrician.

    Last year, Paulson wrote an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement calling for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's chemical safety law to protect children.

    "We know these flame retardants are hazardous," he said in an interview. "The fact that you found these chemicals in crib mattresses is evidence of an ongoing problem that we as a nation have been unwilling to confront."