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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2012) – In response to an article in the New York Times Magazine about flame retardants, the American Chemistry Council released the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that the New York Times Magazine oversimplified the debate about flame retardants.
“Studies show that flame retardants play an important role in reducing fire injuries and deaths, even as fuel loads have increased dramatically in households and public spaces over recent decades. For example, one recent independent analysis conducted by a researcher at Southwest Research Institute, using data from a National Institute of Justice arson study, found that flame retardants make a notable difference and provide greater escape time when they are used in household furniture.
“It is important to remember that flame retardants currently in use, like all chemicals, are already subject to review by the EPA and national regulators around the globe. The Toxic Substance Control Act and more than a dozen other federal laws and regulations, including consumer product safety laws, food safety laws and product liability laws provide further oversight of chemicals in commerce to assure that they are safe for their intended uses.
“Flame retardants are an important tool in the effort to reduce deaths, burns and loss of property due to fires.”