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Norway measures flame retardant use

Norwegian consumption of brominated flame retardants has been estimated at 300 tonnes per year by pollution control authority SFT. The government recently adopted an action plan aimed at slashing emissions of the chemicals (EED 10/01/03). Use in electrical and electronic equipment accounted for two-thirds of consumption, mainly as tetrabromobisphenol A in printed circuit boards. Other uses include in insulation materials and textiles, upholstery, plastics and electronics in cars. Collection and recovery routines mean that emissions are lower than consumption, SFT said in a statement. See press release.

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