NY Bill would Ban Toxic PBDE Fire Retardant Chemicals in Home Products

New York firefighters and environmental advocates joined New York Senator Todd Kaminsky to push for the passage of a bill that would ban carcinogenic PBDE flame retardant chemicals in household items. 

Toxic Fire Retardant Chemicals in Products have Another Three Months to Enter the U.S. Market: Thanks EPA

Despite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own rules to restrict known toxic chemicals, on March 8, 2021 the EPA eased its chemical ban on known toxic fire retardant chemicals (PBTs/PBDEs), causing a win for corporations that use them in their products, including the electronics industry and companies producing home appliances, school laptops, and many other products for the home. 

Toxic Furniture and Industry Lies: Doc Recommendation

Fire retardant chemicals (also known as PBDEs) are released when humans and pets sit on furniture that contains them; they are toxic, volatile and travel widely into the air. These toxic chemicals have been linked to numerous serious health problems, including cancer. There is no scientific evidence in peer-reviewed journals that confirm these fire retardants in our sofas, beds and chairs really slow fires down enough to save lives.  These chemicals present significant risks to human health and well-being so if they do not definitively slow or retard fires, then why are they in our furniture? The HBO documentary ‘Toxic Hot Seat’ exposes the nexus of money, politics and power behind the answer.