Arlene Blum continues to make the headlines in her battle to prevent the continued use of toxic chemicals as flame retardants that are commonly found in American couches, as a result of ineffective fire safety standards. Her recent efforts build on her work in the 1970's, when her research led to Tris, a cancer causing flame retardant, being removed from children's pajamas. In between, she led expeditions to some of the world's toughest and most dangerous mountains, including the first the first American — and all-women's — ascent of Annapurna I. However, she has found that these do not compare with the challenge of stopping the avalanche of harmful and ineffective flame retardants.
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