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Lumber Liquidators Removes Potentially Toxic Flooring from Stores

A consumer watchdog group is praising Lumber Liquidators for removing potentially toxic products from its stores. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikipedia, CC
A consumer watchdog group is praising Lumber Liquidators for removing potentially toxic products from its stores. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikipedia, CC
November 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After a rough year for Lumber Liquidators, a consumer watchdog group says the major flooring retailer is making some positive changes this week.

The company was at the center of federal investigations this year over allegations it has been selling foreign-made vinyl flooring that may contain potentially toxic chemicals. And in May, Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch resigned.

Mike Schade is the director of the Mind the Store campaign, which is working with the group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. He says Lumber Liquidators has agreed to take the controversial flooring off its shelves.

"These are chemicals that could be dangerous at very low levels of exposure,” he points out. “They've been linked to asthma in children and birth defects in baby boys."

Lumber Liquidators, which has 16 locations in Illinois, settled a plea deal last month with the Department of Justice for illegally importing some of its products. The company agreed to more than $13 million in criminal fines and community service payments.

The company also agreed to limit the lead count in its flooring to less than 100 parts per million.

A test from the Ecology Center in Michigan showed that the reprocessed vinyl plastic sometimes had lead levels up to 10,000- parts per million.

Considering all of the trouble facing Lumber Liquidators, Schade says the company is now going above and beyond.

"In some ways, though, Lumber Liquidators has leap-frogged both Home Depot and Lowe's by banning the use of reprocessed plastic, making Lumber Liquidators the first major retailer in the state of Illinois, and the first major retailer nationwide, to ban this unnecessary contaminated material," he states.

In a statement given through Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Lumber Liquidators’ legal officer Jill Witter said the company was pleased to work with the group and is now trying to lead the industry with "responsible sourcing practices."


Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - IL