2005.10 Strategy to Reduce Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Flame Retardants

December 20, 2013

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Whereas, Scientific evidence indicates that a class of toxic flame retardants, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used in the manufacture of a wide variety of consumer products, is hazardous to the environment and personal health; and

Whereas, Researchers and environmentalists encourage the use of non-toxic alternatives to PBDEs; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 85th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to pass legislation eliminating the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in manufactured goods.

Requested Members’ Action:
•  write letters to the prime minister, and ministers of the environment, health and industry urging the creation of legislation eliminating the use of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDEs) flame retardants in manufactured goods
•  send copies of letters to your local members of federal and provincial governments
•  invite guest speaker(s) ? contact local colleges and universities and invite them to explain what PBDEs are and what specific dangers have been found