Hazardous materials in furniture can spread in the air

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Furniture from 6 buildings in the US Congress Office was brought to test Superfund Research Center at Duke University (USA). The result is extremely unexpected, the researchers have found toxic flame retardants, TDCPP in half the sample.

Three of the six samples tested positive for a toxic flame retardant called TDCPP. The flame retardant chemicals have been widely used in the home furnishings though there is evidence that a substance TDCPP can cause cancer. Federal law in the United States today still allow these substances to be circulated though many studies prove them harmful.

"It's crazy to think that we discuss chemical safety legislation of the US on the furniture may contain harmful chemicals. How did these chemicals are so popular again? The House and Senate need to act urgently to reform Agent control Act (TSCA), "Sen. Tom Udall pressing said.

Frank Pallone Representatives (Committee on Trade and DOE) said: "Frankly, I'm not surprised that these chemicals are everywhere, this is dieukhong be avoided. Even those who know the risks of toxic chemicals in consumer products can hardly protect themselves.

This is why the important issue now is to ensure that the reform will become law TSCA. Environmental Protection Agency US (EPA) must be unequivocally to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the products that millions of American families use every day. "

These findings show that no one can avoid being exposed to toxic chemicals, "Dr. Richard Denison representing the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said. For decades, the flame retardant chemicals have used in the manufacture of furniture to follow a standard flammability risk reduction.

There are no regulations requiring manufacturers to disclose the chemicals they use fire resistant, so the public can not identify flame retardants in their belongings malicious or not otherwise get tested. Some flame retardants are identified related to serious health problems, including reduced IQ and cause reproductive problems.

Research by Duke University (USA) showed that the flame retardant chemicals though encased in furniture, but could become dust buildup in the home, makes people easily be inhaled.

The study was conducted by Dr. Heather Stapleton of Duke University have found almost all Americans carry the flame retardants, including TDCPP, in their body. Young children are particularly vulnerable and have higher exposure than adults, as they often crawl around and put his hands in his mouth or.