Mich. (AP) -- A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can
help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.
Joint Commission made the recommendations in a report Thursday. They’re
directed toward both federal governments as well as states, provinces,
tribes and cities.
have been added to a variety of commercial and consumer products since the
1970s, including electronic devices, plastics, mattresses and carpets.
They’re highly toxic and found in all five of the Great Lakes, particularly
Erie and Ontario.
The U.S. and Canada
are developing a strategy for managing risks from the chemicals.
In its report, the
IJC proposes finding alternative fire retardants that aren’t toxic and
working with producers on disposal and recycling methods that prevent
existing chemicals from reaching the lakes and their tributaries.