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May 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Seattle doctor lies to promote flame retardants


As a citizen of Seattle who is concerned about environmental and health matters and who follows important related issues at the Legislature, I was appalled, but unfortunately not terribly surprised, to see the story about Dr. David Heimbach’s apparently false testimony on toxic flame retardants. [“Seattle doctor’s untruths fan fears,” page one, May 8.]

The Washington Toxics Coalition, a very small and dedicated nonprofit, was totally overrun (despite putting up a very good and honorable fight) by the chemical industry at the Washington Legislature this year when it tried to pass an important bill that would limit unnecessary flame retardant chemicals that are toxic to our families, especially children. A number of legislators apparently bought the stories told by the chemical industry and Dr. Heimbach — stories that according to this investigative news piece were false.

Everyone involved in any way with killing this important public-health bill better be doing some serious soul-searching right about now.

— Janette Brimmer, Seattle

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