Norwegians plan to defy EU on deca-BDE

Norway's environment minister Knut Arild Hareide is to propose a partial ban on the controversial brominated flame retardant deca-BDE, the government announced on Thursday. Mr Hareide concedes the move would put the Norwegians "ahead of the EU" and could contravene EEA regulations. It follows publication last autumn of a consequence analysis by the national pollution control authority (SFT) after findings that deca-BDE had been detected for the first time in Arctic fauna (EED 18/10/04). Only the transport sector, where the consequences of a ban are considered unacceptable, would be exempt. See press release.

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