California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered state agencies to review and revise flammability standards for “upholstered furniture sold in the state,” according to the governor’s website. Brown told the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation(BEARHFTI) that they must begin to review the 40 year old standards and revise them in order to reduce toxic flame retardants. He said, “Toxic flame retardants are found in everything from high chairs to couches and a growing body of evidence suggests that these chemicals harm human health and the environment. We must find better ways to meet fire safety standards by reducing and eliminating—wherever possible—dangerous chemicals.” Once the process begins workshops will be held and the revisions will be open to a public comment period.
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