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Federal Policy: CPSC Warns Pregnant Women and Children Against Toxic Flame Retardants

In a landmark recommendation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has asked consumers, particularly those who are pregnant or with young children, to ask retailers if their children’s products, electronics casings, furniture, and mattresses are free from organohalogen flame retardants. The recommendation further asks manufacturers to eliminate the use of these chemicals. Ninety seven percent of Americans have toxic flame retardants in their bodies.

This is a clear shift from the “one chemical at a time” policy. According to Commissioner Elliot Kaye,”As a policy maker, and more importantly, as a parent, I am horrified and outraged at how chemicals are addressed in this country.” He further said, “Waiting to assess the safety of chemicals after they are already in consumers’ homes and our children’s bloodstreams is totally irrational public policy.”

 

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Report: $603.2 Bl Petrochemical Market by 2021

The basic petrochemical market will reach $603.2 billion worldwide by 2021, says a new report by Lucintel.  The growing demand for basic petrochemicals in end use industries will be the main driving factor for this growth. The CAGR is expected to be 4.9% from 2016 to 2021.

According to the report, Ethylene will be the top chemical in terms of million tons used and billion dollars sold from 2010 to 2021. Propylene and Butadiene will be the second and third most used petrochemicals respectively.