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Final Flame Retardant Risk Findings Reflect New EPA Policies (1)

June 28, 2022, 4:04 PMUpdated: June 28, 2022, 7:10 PM

The EPA’s final, revised findings about the risks of exposure to three flame retardants reach the same bottom-line conclusions the agency reached during the Trump administration, but do so using two new policies industries oppose, according to a notice the agency released Tuesday.

Six uses of the three flame retardants called cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD) make those chemicals too risky, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in 2020 and in the revised risk evaluation it will publish on Wednesday.

The six uses are: importing the chemicals; mixing them into other chemicals; incorporating them into manufactured goods; recycling certain building materials ...