From IAFF Website

After a sustained campaign by the IAFF, and pursuant to passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will study the potential risks of certain flame retardants to human health and the environment.

IAFF members are well aware of the dangers posed by toxic flame retardants. These chemicals, widely used in products such as household furniture, textiles and electronic equipment, pose a significant threat to fire fighter health, including potentially contributing to cancer. These dangers have prompted many states, led in large part by state and local IAFF leaders, to restrict their use or require products using these chemicals be subject to labeling or other reporting requirements.