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CT Lawmakers Concerned About Flame Retardants

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Hartford, CT – Two Connecticut legislative leaders are raising concerns about baby products that contain toxic flame retardants and are considering legislation, including a possible state ban. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

State Representative Diana Urban of North Stonington and Senator Terry Gerratana of New Britain on Thursday cited a new report from the Seattle-based Washington Toxics Coalition. The group found toxic flame retardants in 17 of 20 new baby and children's products it tested. The list included bassinet pads, nursing pillow, changing pads and car seats.

While not all flame retardants are toxic, Heather Stapleton, an assistant professor of Environmental Chemistry at Duke University, says there's really no way to avoid exposure to flame retardants...

"These products are not labeled with any type of information that would indicate whether they have flame retardants in it or not," says Stapleton. "So an average consumer will never know if anything they buy on the market has flame retardants in there."

Urban and Gerratana said the chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other health effects.

Gerratana added that it's "surprising and alarming" that products with the toxic flame retardants are still being sold.

The General Assembly convenes February 8th.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.