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Anti-flame chemical advocates to speak in Montpelier

— Firefighters, parents, public health advocates and legislators will gather at theVermont State House at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, to urge the legislature to expand the state’s ban on toxic and ineffective flame retardant chemicals.

In 2009, the state banned Deca flame retardant, from furniture and electronics after it came to light the chemicals harm human health.

Vermont S.81 would close a loophole that allowed the chemical industry to find a lucrative new market for Deca, plastic shipping pallets, which are used to transport our food and consumer products.

S.81 would extend the ban to another toxic flame retardant chemical, chlorinated Tris. Tris was pulled from children’s pajamas in the 1970s when it was linked to cancer, but the chemical is now commonly found in other baby products such as nursing pillows and changing pads, and is used in the majority of couches on the market today.

“We’ll have examples of baby products on hand that contain Tris and other toxic flame retardant chemicals,” according to Lauren Hierl, an environmental health activits with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

In addition to Hierl, other anti-chemical advocates attending the meeting will be Matt Vinci, president of Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, State Sen. Ginny Lyons (D) and State Rep. Jill Krowinski (D).

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