Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tribune watchdog: Playing with fire -- Chicago Tribune

Tribune watchdog: Playing with fire -- Chicago Tribune
[Today, Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee] is holding an oversight hearing today about toxic flame retardant chemicals, an issue brought to light by the incredible reporting of the Chicago Tribune. It’s worth reading the story if you haven’t, but here it is in a nutshell: three major chemical companies ran a campaign for years that distorted the science in order to win government regulations that require the use of their chemicals in furniture and other products in the name of fire safety. The campaign was successful and as a result nearly every home in North America has these chemicals, called PBDEs, which are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. 
Read more at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families blog http://blog.saferchemicals.org/2012/07/historic-week-for-safer-chemicals-and-healthy-families-.html

You make a decision when you do not act to protect yourself and your children from environmental and chemical injuries.  Fax your Senators, using the Safer Chemicals and Healthy Family petition/letter available at  http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6639/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11290

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