24 Sep '13, 4pm

Flame Retardants Evaluated Including Safer Substitute for HBCD: The report can help manufacturers identify s...

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the design and use of safer chemicals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report on alternatives to a flame retardant chemical, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), which has persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic characteristics. The findings in the report can help manufacturers identify safer alternatives to the use of HBCD in polystyrene building insulation. “While EPA continues to support much needed reform of the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is taking steps now to address the public’s concern with certain flame retardant chemicals, including making information available to companies to help them make decisions on safer chemicals,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The conclusions in this report are enabling companies who...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95242-flame-retardants-eva...

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