Norwegians study possible deca-BDE ban

Agency points to "major problems and costs" for the transport industry if flame retardant prohibited

Norway's Pollution Control Authority (SFT) has weighed in to the European debate over the controversial brominated flame retardant deca-BDE by publishing a consequence analysis of a possible national ban on the compound.

The study follows findings published in June that deca-BDE had been detected for the first time in polar bears and glaucous gulls in the Arctic. SFT described the discovery as "disturbing" because scientists had thought that the substance was not bioaccumulative and could not be transported over long distances.

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