The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is performing the role of your government, trying its best to protect you from hazardous chemicals that industry wants to foist on unsuspecting people at a profit.
The newspaper's latest revelation is that a toxic flame retardant banned from children's pajamas 30 years ago is still found in a range of household items, including many baby products.
Established and respected international and national scientific bodies have labeled the substance, chlorinated Tris, as harmful, even carcinogenic.
What's worse, the studies government relied on to approve its use were decades-old, unpublished industry studies that with one exception were never peer-reviewed by knowledgeable scientists. The Environmental Protection Agency ignored independent and government studies, including its own, that highlighted the risks.
As a result, the flame retardant is commonly found in paints, furniture, mattresses and a variety of other common household products, including many baby products, like car carriers and bassinets, according to the Journal Sentinel. If the product has foam, there's a good chance it has the toxic flame retardant.
Slowing and stopping the spread of fire is no joke, and some amount of risk might be warranted to increase fire safety. But the pattern of ignorance at the EPA detailed in a series of Journal Sentinel reports shows that toxicity is of least concern to the very agency that is charged with protecting the American public from environmental poisons.
Until the EPA starts doing its job, we can thank the Journal Sentinel for bringing this to light. Do not pass go. Read this story.
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