German agency protests at EU deca exemption plan

Germany's environment agency has blasted an EU proposal to exempt brominated flame retardant deca-BDE from a ban in electronics manufacture. It would be a "wrong signal" to firms that have already invested in alternative substances, it said. Agency chief Andreas Troge stressed that alternatives were available and that "deca" had not been used in plastics in Germany for nearly 20 years. EU member states have been deadlocked on the issue since April (EED 20/04/05). If they cannot decide by 7 September, the Commission will adopt the proposal unilaterally. See UBA press release.

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