More than 70 furniture manufacturers have certified to The Chanler
Group, an environmental law firm based in Berkeley, Calif., that their
products sold in California have been reformulated to remove detectable
amounts of the carcinogenic flame retardants tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)
phosphate (TDCPP) and tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). These
certifications encompass a wide range of home and office furniture,
including office chairs, ottomans, high chairs, and car seats.
"Our clients don't want the manufacturers to just pay a monetary penalty
and go back to doing what they were doing," said Josh Voorhees, managing
attorney at The Chanler Group. "We want to instigate concrete change to
the environment. We want these chemicals out of consumer products."
Under Proposition 65, California's right-to-know toxics law, companies
selling products containing toxic chemicals must notify consumers that
the product contains a chemical that may increase their risk of cancer
or reproductive harm. Last year, The Chanler Group's clients brought
enforcement actions against dozens of furniture manufacturersfor
violations of Proposition 65, many of which resulted in the
manufacturers promising to remove the toxic flame retardants from their
The settlements benefit the environment and public health of California
by incentivizing the companies to take any of the following steps in
exchange for a waiver of a substantial civil penalty amount:
So far, The Chanler Group has received certifications of compliance with
these additional actions from almost 80 companies, meaning that
thousands of furniture products sold in California are now reformulated.
For a list of certifying companies, please
visit The Chanler Group's website.
The Chanler Group has negotiated hundreds of settlements on behalf of
its clients over the years, many of which resulted in industry-wide
reformulation, from lead in ceramics to asbestiform fibers in crayons.
Details of each case settlement are available at www.chanler.com.
Mr. Voorhees is available to discuss these cases, as well as the broader
issues of hazardous materials in consumer products sold in the U.S. He
can be reached at 510-848-8880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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