Bromine industry mobilises on environment

Global panel to "ensure the use of sound science" in decisions over brominated compounds

A global group of bromine companies has created a new body aimed at coordinating research and information activities about health and environmental aspects of brominated products. Largely used as flame retardants, brominated compounds have been targeted for regulatory action by North Sea ministers and by some European countries on the basis of concerns over their persistence, toxicity and potential for bioaccumulation. Based in Brussels, the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum aims to "ensure the use of sound science in evaluating any health or environmental risks" of brominated compounds and to "help the public and regulatory groups to understand the benefits of brominated products". The group's membership comprises Albemarle Corporation, Dead Sea Bromine, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, Elf Atochem and Tosoh Corporation. In a launch statement, the BSEF has picked out ecolabel programmes as having "incorrectly indicted" brominated flame retardants for environmental reasons.

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