California pitches changes to flame retardant regulations

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 9, 2013
California pitches changes to flame retardant regulations

California proposed regulations on Friday that would set new flammability standards and allow furniture and some children's product manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.

The change was proposed after decades of complaints about the spread of chemicals known as PBDEs and TDCPP into the environment.

California is the only U.S. state with a mandatory flammability standard for residential furniture, a standard often achieved by chemically treated foams. The rule has become the de facto standard for the rest of the nation.

In June, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to re-examine the standard to reduce manufacturers' reliance on toxic chemicals.

Regulators say the new rules would cut fire danger by focusing protection efforts on actual ignition sources such as cigarettes, radiant heaters, extension cords and fireplace embers, rather than on outdated sources such as candle flames.

"All are smoldering sources," said Tonya Blood, the bureau's chief.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people are being exposed to the chemicals by eating fish or breathing dust that has been contaminated.

People tested in the U.S. had levels of the chemicals in their bodies several times higher than people tested in Europe, the CDC said.
gimmie gimmie gimmie

San Ramon, CA

#2 Feb 9, 2013
yeah yeah yeah, but what about the illegals and the government overspending

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