Legislators, parents and firefighters joined together in Connecticut for a press conference last week on the toxicity of flame retardant chemicals. These additives were introduced in the 1970s to prevent the spread of fires, but have since been linked to increases in cancer.
“They are toxic to our fire fighters and incredibly toxic to our little ones who are crawling around on the ground, jumping up and down on the furniture, putting things in their mouths,” said Connecticut State Representative and NCEL Board Member Diana Urban, who is co-chair of the Committee on Children where the bill was heard. Twelve states have already adopted policies on flame retardant chemicals, and 19 new pieces of legislation are currently under consideration across the country.
The complete story is available here: http://wtnh.com/2016/04/06/some-ct-lawmakers-and-firefighters-champion-flame-retardants-ban/
A full list of enacted and current flame retardant legislation is available here: http://www.saferstates.com/toxic-chemicals/toxic-flame-retardants/