From: UPI

Flame retardant chemicals found in home furniture, electronics, insulation, mattresses and other products are hazardous, U.S. environmentalists say

Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants can cause serious health harm while providing only limited fire safety benefits, a release from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of 250 environmental health groups, said Thursday.

The coalition is urging an overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, the current federal law regulating chemicals.

During the last congressional session, two proposals were presented to overhaul the toxic substances act, but neither reached a vote.

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