Industry lobby-group the bromine science and environment foundation has welcomed EU environment ministers agreement earlier this month on restricting several hazardous substances in electronics manufacture. Bsef said the deal would allow two controversial brominated flame retardants (BFRs) - octaBDE and decaBDE - to be exempted from new controls if, as it expects, the substances are cleared as safe by ongoing EU risk assessments. But the group said a clause obliging recyclers to separate plastics containing BFRs from electronic waste "wouldn't make much environmental or economic sense" and could prove "prohibitively expensive". See press release.
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