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EU Moves to Restrict Environmentally Persistent Flame Retardant

April 1, 2020, 6:57 PM

A flame retardant chemical used in a variety of products as a substitute for two other hazardous flame retardants soon could be severely limited in the European Union.

The European Chemicals Agency on Wednesday called for data and information on the substance—sold under the trade name dechlorane plus—to be submitted through May 25. The move is a preliminary step toward curtailing the chemical’s use under the EU’s REACH law (Regulation No. 1907/2006, Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).

Dechlorane plus is used in wiring and cables, construction materials, plastics and furniture, among other products, the agency said. It’s ...