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It’s Official: Toxic Flame Retardants No Longer Required in Furniture

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 20 Comments

It’s Official: Toxic Flame Retardants No Longer Required in Furniture

California overturns a nearly 40-year-old law that made your sofa potentially menacing.

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An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

KQED Science | June 26, 2013 | 8 Comments

An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

Mounting research questions the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants used in consumer products. The chemicals are also used in the foam plastic insulation that improves energy efficiency in buildings. But a measure that just passed a Senate committee this week could pave the way for fire-safe, energy-efficient buildings without causing harm.

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