AreConsumers Adequately Protected from Flammability of Upholstered Furniture? Hearing on the Effectiveness of FurnitureFlammability Standards and Flame Retardant Chemicals.
Durbin's concern stems from a recent Chicago Tribune investigative series that suggested the flame retardant industry had misled regulators on both the effectiveness and safety of a class of brominated flame retardants called PBDEs. The Senator is a strong supporter of overhauling the 26-year old TSCA law and is a co-sponsor of the Safe Chemicals Act introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
Scheduled witnesses at the July 17th hearing were:
· The Honorable Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
· James J. Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency.
· August (Gus) Schaefer, Sr., Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
· Andy Counts, CEO, American Home Furnishings Alliance.· Peter Van Dorpe, Chief of the Training Division for Chicago Fire Department.
More information on the hearing can be found here.