Capital Public Radios’ Amy Quinton Writes…
A California senate committee has passed a bill that would update building standards to protect people from toxic flame retardants. Flame retardants are widely used in plastic foam insulation.
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Current standards for foam insulation were developed in the 1970’s.
Supporters of the bill say those standards force manufacturers to use toxic flame retardants.
The measure, which has already passed the Assembly, would update building standards to ensure fire safety without those chemicals.
Justin Malan represents the US Green Building Council, which sponsored the bill.
“We don’t want to make the same mistakes we made with asbestos,” says Malan.”Sometimes we put building materials in there that need careful review, let’s not make the same costly and lethal mistakes we made with asbestos.”
But Joe Lang with the American Chemistry Council says the legislation is unnecessary.
He says flame retardants will be regulated by the Department of Toxic Substances Control under new green chemistry laws.
“There already is a process to do exactly what the bill does now, with experts, with chemical experts with policy experts that could result in a whole variety of changes,” says Lang.
The bill now moves to another Senate committee.
Our personal chamber and IAQ tests showed high levels of the Chlorinated Tris from our open cell spray foam. By now it is well known that these flame retardants BECOME part of our INDOOR AIR. Aside from the fact that SPF is made directly from very dangerous chemicals; adding toxic flame retardants to top it all off is so far from being healthy. Green Guard Certification really means little in the big picture, perhaps just another ‘certification’ for a money making scheme.
No one knows the long term (or for us and many other SPF families, the short term dangers of using SPF in residential use (or schools, offices, hospitals).
Stay Tuned… more on this topic soon.