Below is the first part of an article orginally posted on nydailynews.com, it is by Meg Wagner. It reads…
Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by retailer Lumber Liquidators contains up to 20 times more cancer-causing formaldehyde than regulatory standards permit, a California lawyer claims.
Environmental attorney Richard Drury filed a class action against the lumber giant, arguing that the company’s Chinese laminates, used in home construction across the country, fail to meet California standards for the toxic emissions, CBS “60 Minutes” reported. California’s limits are set to become the national standard later this year.
Laminate is legally allowed to contain some traces of formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause cancer and respiratory ailments, because the compound is used in some cheap flooring glues.
But when Drury and Denny Larson, who heads the environmental nonprofit Global Community Monitor, tested 150 boxes of Lumber Liquidators’ flooring, they found that every single one that was made in China exceeded the state’s limit. Most were seven times over the state standard, and some were close to 20 times greater than the legal threshold.
“It’s a startling amount. It was so high, in fact, that one of our test labs thought their machine was broken,” Drury told “60 Minutes.”
American-made laminates sold at Lumber Liquidators had acceptable levels of the toxin. So did flooring sold at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
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