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10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.

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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 27 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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Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

KQED Science | September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.

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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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