Swedish plan to ban deca-BDE "unlawful"

Brominated flame retardant makers have slammed Sweden's recent decision to commission a proposal to ban the brominated flame retardant deca-BDE, describing it as unlawful and scientifically unjustified (EED 06/05/04). The move reflects "political prejudice", trade body Ebfrip alleged, since a European risk assessment "has been provisionally concluded with no risk identified for the environment or human health". Ebfrip also criticised the government's plan subsequently to ban two other flame retardants, TBBPA and HBCD, since both are currently undergoing EU risk assessment. See press release.

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