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Push to Ban Some Flame Retardant Chemicals

Montpelier, Vermont - February 17, 2009

Lawmakers, firefighters, advocates for women and children, and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group are pushing for a statewide ban on certain flame retardant chemicals.

The group points to studies that show PBDEs may be linked to cancer, liver failure, and reproductive problems. PBDEs are found in many mattresses, furniture, and plastic on televisions and computers.

Lawmakers have proposed banning the sale of merchandise that contains PBDEs, saying there are safer flame retardant alternatives available. A handful of other states have already banned it and so have European countries.

"We are very excited about the bill. We think it's critically important that whatever we put out in consumer products are safe. Safe for kids, safe for firefighters, safe for the animals in our environment," said Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden County.

But one of the largest manufacturers of Deca-- a commercial form of PBDE-- tells us that they have studies that show no links between their product and health risks.

Albemarle says the flame retardant is safe and if it's banned Vermonters will be limited in what merchandise they can buy here and will pay more for it.

Darren Perron - WCAX News

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