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Hazardous flame retardant being used in household products

Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed how a chemical flame retardant that was taken out of children’s pajamas 30 years ago has found its way back as a popular flame retardant used in sofa cushions, baby carriers and bassinet mattresses. As part of their ongoing Chemical Fallout series, the reporters also found that an EPA program created to protect the public from chemical risks has listed on its Web site only studies paid for by chemical makers. All 15 of those studies claim the flame retardant known as chlorinated Tris is safe.

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