Group urges ACC to oust members over flame retardant controversy

18 May 2012 00:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A self-described chemical safety coalition urged the American Chemistry Council (ACC) on Thursday to throw out three of its members or to repudiate a series of newspaper articles that said flame retardant producers used deceptive tactics to push for flame retardant mandates.

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition cited a recent four-part series by the Chicago Tribune, which reported that flame retardant producers engaged in deceptive practices to push and maintain flame retardant standards for furniture and electronics.

The articles claimed there was a “decades-long campaign of deception that has loaded the furniture and electronics in American homes with pounds of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, developmental problems and impaired fertility”.

The newspaper reported that tobacco producers also worked to promote flame retardant standards “to shift focus away from cigarettes as the cause of fire deaths”.

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition said the ACC should either expel three members who produce flame retardants for failing to meet the ACC’s Responsible Care programme or to repudiate the newspaper articles.

The newspaper articles named Albemarle, Chemtura and ICL Industries.

The ACC did not issue a response to the coalition’s statement. Albemarle, Chemtura and ICL Industries did not respond to requests for comments.


By: Brian Ford
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