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Electronics Makers Plead for Pause in EPA Toxic Chemical Ban (1)

March 1, 2021, 2:28 PMUpdated: March 1, 2021, 6:10 PM

Industry attorneys will meet with EPA officials Monday to plead for a regulatory reprieve so companies can ship parts and make products while seeking alternatives for a chemical largely banned as of March 8.

Thousands of companies—especially those that make and import electronics, appliances, and parts needed to make such merchandise—have realized in recent weeks that a recent Environmental Protection Agency regulation would ban them from distributing products with a particular flame retardant, said an industry attorney familiar with the situation.

The rule, issued in January, also bans production of plastic insulation for wires and cables if ...