[Update: California Governor Brown just ordered regulators to rewrite the flame retardant rule! I’ll update the petition to reflect this shortly…]
I’m still stewing about the flame retardants issue, and I’m sure you are too.
OK, so I threw out my sofa. But I still have a lot of other toxic stuff in my house, and I realize that’s not a very practical solution. After all, where would we sit?
The folks who caused this truly unfortunate situation for the whole country are really just the lawmakers in Sacramento who have failed to repeal that state’s stupid rule on flame retardants, Technical Bulletin 117.
So I figure, let’s bring our message to them. I’ve started a petition on Change.org to California lawmakers — please sign on and tell your friends to sign it. The text is below.
You may recall that, after I tossed my toxic sofa, I made a promise to keep up the heat on this issue.
Well, when we get enough signatures — 50,000? 100,000? 200,000? 500,000? — to effectively take the fight to them, I will personally pack Maya up on the plane and we will fly to California to deliver our petition to the Governor, the state lawmakers, and the press.
And you’re welcome to join me in California — the more the merrier!
So here’s my petition — please go here to sign it on Change.org:
To: California Lawmakers
From: The Rest of Us
Re: Get These Flame Retardants Out of My House
So, you were lied to. We get it – we’ve been lied to sometimes too. But now, thanks to the Chicago Tribune, you know how you were played.
You know that the chemical industry made up fake facts about dead babies to dramatize its lies. You know about the chemical industry’s front group, Citizens for Fire Safety, and its ties to people, tactics and strategies used by Big Tobacco.
And thanks to testing by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, you also know that chemical flame retardants don’t do anything to make a fire safer, but make it more toxic and dangerous. In other words, they don’t help.
Instead, they poison our children, multiplying their risk of cancer by seven. They get into the dust and air inside our homes, and then into our bodies and blood. They are linked to birth defects, lowered IQ and fertility and other serious health problems. Your own state of California just declared that one kind of chemical flame retardant, TDCPP, is a “probable carcinogen” under Proposition 65.
You have a right to protect the health and safety of people in California. And you are often a national leader, an example for the country.
But here’s our question on this one: what gives you the right, now that you know the truth, to keep poisoning all of us for no reason? How can you spend one more day as a lawmaker and not move to rescind Technical Bulletin 117, the rule on chemical flame retardants in furniture?
We want to believe in you. We want to believe that now you know the truth, you wouldn’t continue to do this to us and to our families.
But we really do need you to act today to repeal this disgusting and dangerous law. Show us that about this at least, we’re not wrong to think that truth will lead the way.
All of us
- The incredible Chicago Tribune series detailing the deception of the chemical industry and the risks of flame retardants
- My sad realization that I had a toxic sofa: Ouch, couch! Sofa Saga, Part One
- My initial quest for a chemical-free couch that wouldn’t cost the whole house: Sofa Saga Part Two
- My interview with flame retardants expert Heather Stapleton in Sofa Saga, Part Three
- Some sources I found for safer sofas: Sofa Saga, Part Four
- About the big fat liars in the chemical industry (linking to Tribune stories)
- In which I angrily toss my sofa: Curb Alert, Free (toxic) Sofa
- A happy time at the Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals in DC
Please join me in gathering signatures on this petition!!! Pass it along to your friends, and let’s see if we can shake things up.