Boston City Council to Pass New Legislation Against Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

[Boston, MA] Health Care Without Harm applauds the Boston City Council for passing legislation that updates the city’s Fire Prevention Code to reflect today’s understanding of the safest approach to fire prevention and to reduce unnecessary and harmful exposures to flame retardants.

We urge Mayor Walsh to sign the bill to bring Boston’s fire code into alignment with the state of Massachusetts and the rest of the country.

Such a move would allow hospitals, schools, and other public buildings that have automatic sprinkler systems to purchase furniture without toxic flame retardant chemicals.

Last November, HCWH submitted comments to members of the Boston City Council, expressing strong support for this action.

For more information on this legislation, read the comprehensive press release put together by the Silent Spring Institute, Clean Water Action, and Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.