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California Bureau hears public comments on proposal to reduce fire safety

The California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (the Bureau) is holding a hearing today to accept final public comments on a draft regulation that would eliminate the state’s open flame test for upholstered furniture. The hearing comes at a time when, according to the National [...]

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Two more lessons learned from GlobalChem 2013

1. Better Data, Better Decisions One of the major issues raised around the effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) centers around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) understanding of chemicals in commerce. For example, the current TSCA inventory includes more than 84,000 chemicals. However, it is widely recognized the inventory does not reflect [...]

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Council of independent scientists advises flame retardant industry

It’s important that industry maintain an ongoing dialogue with the scientific community. One example of how industry engages the deep knowledge of scientific experts comes from the North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA). NAFRA represents three of the world’s largest manufacturers of flame retardants — the chemicals that act to protect safety by helping to [...]

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Emerging theme at this year’s GlobalChem: Partnerships lead to progress

GlobalChem presents a great opportunity to bring industry leaders, the regulatory community and other stakeholders together to discuss the important roles each of us can play to improve how chemicals are managed. Based on Monday’s pre-conference TSCA fundamentals workshops and Tuesday’s regulatory discussions, this year’s GlobalChem has proven no different. Forging partnerships, at home and [...]

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Significant new research shows BPA exposure too low to cause health effects

New research studies conducted by a toxicologist at a Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference show that “human exposure is likely to be too low for estrogenic effects” from typical daily exposure [...]

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Debating fire safety in California

Has the incidence of home fires in California dropped exponentially over the last four years? If so, it hasn’t been reported. We ask because the bureau that oversees fire regulations for home furnishings has drastically changed its tune on the state’s open flame regulations, in Technical Bulletin 117, for upholstered furniture. Since 2008, that bureau [...]

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California policymakers should consider the fire safety benefits flame retardants provide in homes and buildings

According to an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, a California policymaker is introducing legislation that would reduce the use of flame retardants used in foam insulation installed in buildings across the state. Unfortunately, the article could give readers the false impression that flame retardants don’t stop fires. The truth is flame retardants are [...]

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FluoroCouncil to attend Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Jan. 23-26.

The FluoroCouncil, the global organization representing the world’s leading fluoro-technology companies, will attend the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 23rd to 26th. Please join us at booth #32016E at the Salt Palace Convention Center to learn about the benefits of fluoro-technology in outdoor apparel. Booth #32016E is conveniently located [...]

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ACC responds to Chicago Tribune story on flame retardant research

At ACC, we believe in the importance of science and we value the scientists that produce the studies and analysis that advance safety and help inform public policy debates. However, based on the Chicago Tribune’s recent story on flame retardants, it appears the Tribune is more interested in attacking the credibility, character, and work of [...]

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Strengthening IRIS will lead to more informed decisions about the safety of chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a public stakeholder meeting last month regarding steps to improve the Agency’s primary chemical safety assessment program, known as the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which acts as a leading source of health risk information for other federal, state and international regulatory bodies. “The best way to deal [...]

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