Sweden acts on brominated flame retardants

Sweden has confirmed its determination to "move ahead of the EU" in banning a range of brominated flame retardants. As Europe is proceeding "too slowly", the government has now, as expected (EED 06/05/04), formally proposed a national ban on deca-BDE in new products while instructing the national chemicals inspectorate KemI to look into options for similar action against HBCDD and TBBPA, environment minister Lena Sommestad announced on Monday. The European Commission has been notified of the decision, which follows negotiations between the government and the Green and Left parties. See press release.

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