The EU's major scientific panel for reviewing the environmental and health impacts of chemicals has added fuel to the debate over the controversial flame retardant deca-BDE by questioning the sufficiency of actions recommended by risk assessors and highlighting risks from brominated equivalents of highly-toxic dioxins and furans. Industry lobby group Ebfrip called its intervention "regrettable".
A near final EU risk assessment for deca was published earlier this year (EED 20/09/02). It concluded that to fully evaluate environmental damage further information and testing was needed. A number of further studies have since been commissioned to clear up remaining points (EED 24/09/02).
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