Norway gets tough on flame retardants

The Norwegian government has adopted a new action plan to "substantially reduce" emissions of brominated flame retardants by 2010. The pollution control authority (SFT) said in a statement yesterday that it will draft regulations prohibiting the use of penta- and octa-BDE from 1 July 2004, while a ban on the use of deca-BDE would "probably" kick in from 1 January 2005. TBBPA and HBCD will be subject to "close monitoring", the SFT added. If no EU risk-reduction measures are decided by January 2005, Norway may introduce national regulation. See press release and action plan.

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