Ottawa wants retardants on toxic list

Read the full story in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

The federal government wants to add two chemicals that have been widely used in the production of stain repellants and flame retardants to Canada’s list of toxic substances, one of the most aggressive regulatory actions in the world against the compounds.

The substances, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and perfluorooctane sulfonate, have been widely used for decades in consumer products such as computers, mattresses, televisions, furniture and clothing. They are probably found in most homes in the country.

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