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EPA Offers More Time to Comply With Flame Retardant Rule

Oct. 21, 2021, 8:37 PM

The EPA on Thursday proposed to give companies even more time to comply with a rule that would phase out multiple uses of a previously-unregulated flame retardant.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule (RIN 2070-AK95) would offer a third extension since March to ensure U.S. consumers and companies can keep using appliances, computers, and many other products.

Under the EPA’s latest proposal companies making and distributing such goods would have until Oct. 31, 2024, to comply with a January regulation barring a flame retardant and plastic softener—phenol, isopropylated phosphate, or PIP 3:1—from many products.

The EPA proposed to offer companies ...

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