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Flame Retardant Poses More Risk Than EPA Suggests: Advocates (1)

July 31, 2019, 7:47 PMUpdated: July 31, 2019, 9:02 PM

The EPA’s conclusion that a certain flame retardant mixture doesn’t pose any unreasonable risks strains credibility, advocates told an agency advisory committee July 31.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft assessment of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), banned by most countries, spent hundreds of pages showing the extent of environmental and health problems the flame retardant can cause, said Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, an attorney with Earthjustice.

For example, the agency concluded fish exposure could be more than five times higher than EPA’s concern level, he said.

Yet, the agency “unlawfully disregards” such information and concludes ...