Bill would ban flame-retardant chemicals in Minnesota

Source: MPR News

By: Kirsti Marohn

“A bipartisan bill at the Minnesota Legislature would ban flame-retardant chemicals believed to be a health threat to firefighters and children.

It would also restrict the use of a certain firefighting foam that has contaminated drinking water supplies around the country, including in Minnesota.

But the bill has run into opposition from chemical manufacturers, who say the flame retardants are important for suppressing fires. They argue that Minnesota shouldn’t take action until the federal government weighs in on their safety and sets regulations.”

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