The city of Boston is considering changes to its fire code that would result in significant reductions in the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in public spaces throughout the city. On November 9, city councilors heard testimonies from Silent Spring Institute’s Kathryn Rodgers, as well as many others in support of the changes.

Routine exposure even to small amounts of certain common chemicals can pose a risk to human health. How to best predict those risks is something the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is grappling with as its current approach to screening chemicals for toxicity comes under review.