Chemtura sues to protect fire safety standards

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re “Chemical industry insider comes out” (Forum, Dan Morain, Jan. 26): Dan Morain misses the point of Chemtura Corp.’s lawsuit, which is that Technical Bulletin 117-2013 weakens a critical public safety standard by eliminating the requirement that furniture manufacturers pass an open flame test akin to a candle, match or lighter. Morain also fails to acknowledge that flame retardants in use today are extensively tested with regulatory oversight and are safe and effective for their intended use. Chemtura’s suit challenges the authority of the state Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) to eliminate a safety test recognized as an industry standard for more than 40 years and required by law. Fire safety experts, the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories, as well as BEARHFTI itself, also have stated publicly that testing for open flame ignition resistance is essential for any furniture flammability standard. -- John Gustavsen, manager of corporate communications, Chemtura Corp., Middlebury, Conn.

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