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WASHINGTON (April 16, 2013) - In response to today's story ("Flame retardants in consumer products are linked to health and cognitive problems") in the Washington Post about flame retardants, ACC's North American Flame Retardant Alliance released the following statement.

"We believe it is the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine if chemicals are safe for use. State chemical bans are not necessary and often in conflict with other jurisdictions. This creates a great deal of confusion in the marketplace regarding compliance and enforcement. EPA's recent announcement that it plans to conduct assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, including some flame retardants, shows the agency already has a great deal of authority to evaluate and regulate chemicals. We are committed to working with state policymakers and sharing the science-based information that shows that flame retardants can provide an important layer of fire safety that helps save lives."

"It is important to remember that flame retardant producers operate internationally, and so flame retardants are subject to review not only in the United States but also by relevant regulatory authorities such as those in Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries. As flame retardant manufacturers strive to innovate and make better performing and sustainable flame retardants, they must gain EPA approval before making or importing new substances. EPA can request the information it needs to make its evaluation and is not limited in the time it can take for its review. Moreover, EPA has the authority to require additional data or restrict a substance after it has been introduced to the market."

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