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Fire Retardants

Fanning the Flames With Fire Retardants

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

In a reckless, "hope-for-the-best" approach that puts us all at risk, U.S. policy allows the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment -- before their potentially devastating impacts have been adequately evaluated. Multiple Senate bills to fix this toxic system over the past decade have been snuffed out.

Lynne Peeples

Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green

SEATTLE -- Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs sh...

Lynne Peeples

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Endanger Firefighters, Gymnasts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green

Flame-retardant chemicals permeate the world, and the bodies of nearly every person. But a new film and a new scientific study point to two groups of ...

Debate Over Fire Retardant Toxicity Rages In West

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Forest Service officials insist firefighting won't be hindered by new rules meant to prevent millions of gallons of retardant d...

Lynne Peeples

State Legislators Accuse Flame Retardant Industry Of 'Lies' About Lobbying Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.08.2012 | Green

The television advertisement opened with a blazing fire and the words "Dangerous" and "Deadly" across the screen in bold letters. A narrator soon adds...

Lynne Peeples

Are You Eating Flame Retardants With Your Peanut Butter And Jelly?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.31.2012 | Green

Nothing says "lunch time" to an American kid quite like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Slices of deli meat might be a close second. Unbeknownst t...

Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

Michael Green | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Michael Green

The Chicago Tribune found that the three leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deception and phony "citizen's groups" to mislead the public, legislators and regulators about the efficacy and safety of their products.

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Chemical Under Attack, But Are Alternatives Any Safer?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.23.2012 | Green

As evidence mounts of the dangers of bisphenol-A, there is a rising urgency to purge the common chemical from consumer products. Several states hav...

Forest Service Will Continue Using Fire Retardant

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

The U.S. Forest Service has backed off claims about the effectiveness of the huge red plumes of fire retardant that big airplanes drop on wildfires, b...

Up in Smoke: The Reality of Preventing Fire Deaths

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gavigan

Generally, I'm a strong advocate for prevention. But what happens when your method of prevention creates its own set of risks? This is increasingly the case with flame retardants.

Our Flame Retardants -- Ourselves

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Introduced as the miracle compounds, halocarbons have revealed themselves as fools good. The flame retardant chemical often leach, leading to lower IQs and depressed fertility.

Halloween? Bah, Humbug!

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy festive holidays as much as the next person, but we eco-freaks can't help ourselves from sucking the fun out of things, particularly when it comes to harming children.

Could Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Vaccines Cause Autism?

Deirdre Imus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Imus

Like it or not, vaccines are likely the largest source of one-time exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in early infant development.