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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council's  North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) today released the following statement regarding the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States study, "Hidden Hazards in the Nursery."

"This report unscientifically questions the safety of a number of flame retardants, which play an important role in fire safety by providing additional critical escape time that can be life-saving. Research shows that fires continue to be a major safety concern that disproportionately affects the very young. NAFRA members believe robust scientific analysis is critical to making informed decisions about fire safety and flame retardants. We support production of flame retardants with appropriate environmental profiles that provide needed fire safety performance. 
"The flame retardant TDCPP, for example, is highly effective and used by manufacturers to meet national fire safety requirements, as well as progressive fire safety laws. Questions about the safe use of TDCPP were answered most recently in 2008 when the European Union (EU) completed a comprehensive assessment of the flame retardant. The assessment looked at risk, specifically at cancer, and concluded that there were no concerns for consumers in relation to carcinogenicity from potential inhalation or exposure to children via the oral route. We believe the EU's risk assessment should be used as a means to address any concerns raised by this study."

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