Waxman, Stupak probe environmental effects flame retardant chemicals

The committee, announcing the probe Monday, said the lawmakers have a number of concerns about flame retardants used in fabrics, plastics and foams of various products.

“Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), chemical manufacturers are not required to perform any toxicity testing on chemicals prior to release into the marketplace,” the announcement states.

“However, the persistent and bioaccumulative nature of flame retardant chemicals raises concerns regarding their impact on human health and the environment.  A growing number of peer-reviewed studies suggests a possible link between exposure to certain flame retardant chemicals and neurological, developmental, fertility, and reproductive problems in animals and in humans,” it adds.