“Eight years ago the Maine Legislature called for an end to the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in Maine furniture. The arguments against flame retardant chemicals, called PBDEs, were very simple: First, according to strong scientific data, these chemicals are extremely hazardous to human health. They are linked to cancer and other adverse health outcomes. And second, numerous studies have shown that these chemicals, packed by the pound into America’s furniture, were marginal at best in slowing down fires. Putting carcinogenic flame-retardants into upholstered furniture simply made no sense.…Still, our work isn’t over: the PBDE flame retardants that Maine helped eliminate from the furniture market have been replaced with other toxic flame retardant chemicals….”
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