By Anne Kolton
The American Chemistry Council works to educate policymakers about how chemistry makes life better for people across the country and around the world. That’s why it’s discouraging to see reports, like the one that appeared today in Environmental Health News, that misrepresent ACC’s advocacy initiatives. Prominent among the inaccuracies was the implication that all expenditures from ACC in California were related to flame retardants – that is simply not true.
Regardless, the real story is that flame retardants save lives. For example, aviation experts cite improved flame-retardant technologies in cabin seats and furnishings among the critical engineering advancements that have increased passengers’ chances of surviving an airline accident.
Our member companies are at the forefront of innovating new flame retardants, which undergo extensive testing by manufacturers and the safety data are scrutinized by government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. And there is a great deal of information showing that flame retardants play a crucial role in protecting people from the devastation of fire.
Unfortunately, we’ve found time and again that these important facts do not receive the attention they deserve, while, in the age of social media, the most alarming stories take on a life of their own. That’s part of the reason why ACC has to commit so much time and effort educating policymakers and the public, and countering misinformation.
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