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Industry Agrees to Phase Out DecaBDE Flame Retardant


Following negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the two U.S. producers as well as the primary exporter to the U.S. of decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) have agreed to a three-year phaseout of the chemical.

DecaBDE is a brominated flame retardant that, along with other polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), has long been targeted by environmental and health advocates (see “Flame Retardants Under Fire” in EBN June 2004).

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