"Chemical Firms Reviewing Flame Retardant Advocacy Efforts"

"Facing criticism from federal and state lawmakers, the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardants say they are reviewing their advocacy efforts, including their involvement with an industry front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals."

"But Albemarle Corp., Chemtura Corp. and ICL Industrial Products so far have shown no public signs of severing financial and organizational ties with the Citizens for Fire Safety Institute, a group the companies helped create, appointed top executives to lead and supported with funding.

In a letter to the Tribune, Philadelphia-based Chemtura said it has suspended its involvement in the group during an internal review prompted by the newspaper's 'Playing With Fire' series. The stories documented Citizens for Fire Safety's role in a decades-long effort by the tobacco and chemical industries to promote the use of flame retardants in couches and other household furniture."

Michael Hawthorne reports for the Chicago Tribune August 15, 2012.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 08/15/2012