Contact: Bryan Goodman (202) 249-6510  
Email: Bryan_Goodman@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2014) - In response to passage of SB 1019 in the California legislature, the American Chemistry Council's  North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) released the following statement:

"SB 1019 does California consumers a great disservice. The bill fails to inform consumers that furniture sold in the state may no longer be protected from open-flame sources, such as candles, lighters, and matches. The bill also makes inaccurate claims about flame retardants-chemistries that have been proven to help stop or slow the spread of fire and save lives. Fires represent a real danger to families across the state, and furniture should contain strong fire-safety measures that protect against potentially devastating situations.

"Fire protection organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories, have stressed the importance of protecting furniture against open-flame ignition sources. We are disappointed that the legislature passed a bill that does not give consumers the information they need to choose products that contain strong fire-protection measures."

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