Regulating Flame Retardants | July 16, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 29 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 29 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 16, 2012

Regulating Flame Retardants

Senators urge EPA to quickly finalize regulation for seven polybrominated diphenyl ethers
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: EPA, flame retardants

Twenty-six senators are urging EPA to swiftly finalize a regulation for a group of brominated flame retardants.

In a letter sent last week to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, the lawmakers called a recent EPA proposal on seven polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) “an important first step toward protecting Americans from the risks posed by these pervasive chemicals.” The compounds are linked to adverse nervous system effects and disruption of thyroid hormone . . .

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