SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for changes to state flammability standards for upholstered furniture in an effort to reduce the use of what he said are toxic flame retardants.
Brown said in a statement on Monday that a growing body of evidence shows chemicals used as retardants harm human health and the environment.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Santa Clara County Indoor Dining, Gyms Open For 1st Time Since December After Shift To Red Tier
He has asked state officials to update California’s flammability guidelines to reflect modern manufacturing methods that can lower the use of harmful chemicals.READ MORE: COVID: Swollen Lymph Nodes After Vaccination Could Lead To False Breast Cancer Diagnosis, UCSF Doctors Say
Brown said the revision process will include workshops and opportunity for public comment.
Supporters of the governor’s move said in addition to harming human health, the retardants are ineffective at preventing fires.MORE NEWS: Basketball Star Jeremy Lin Speaks Out About Attacks On Asian Americans, Racism On Court
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