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Many US firms phasing out flame retardant

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Source: Greentech info

A surge of press releases from US companies in chemical manufacturing or electronic products announce that they will start phasing out the flame retardant deca DBE or decabromodiphenyl ether.

Deca BDE is used as enclosures made of polystyrene for TVs, and computer equipment. It is also used in cables and wires, connectors, switches, and other internal plastic components.

Some claim that there is no evidence that Deca BDE is toxic. Many firms are nevertheless phasing it out in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s campaign aiming at limiting the production, importation and sales of deca BDE in the country. The agency quotes scientific findings that indicate that deca BDE persists in the environment, may cause cancer or impact brain function. It can also degrade to more toxic chemicals that are hazardous to wildlife.

The rapid development of new, polymer-based flame retardant technology and other substitutes to deca BDE enforces this action to start getting rid of the substance.

Belongs to a regulated group of ethers
Deca BDE belongs to the group of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and is regulated by China RoHS.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are affected by legislation like RoHS in the EU, Japan, China and Korea, WEEE, Japan RoHS and California’s Prop 65.

Sources
Press releases from Albemarle and Chemtura etc.
EPA

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