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Three Flame Retardants’ Use Is Dropping, Controlled, EPA Says (1)

June 28, 2019, 3:48 PMUpdated: June 28, 2019, 7:14 PM

Three flame retardants that most countries are striving to eliminate don’t pose enough concerns to warrant regulatory controls, the EPA said June 28.

The Environmental Protection Agency released its preliminary conclusion after spending 2 1/2 years examining the health and environmental risks of the flame retardants. The agency refers to the chemicals by either of two names: hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster.

The flame retardants are primarily used for insulation in homes and commercial buildings and in welding solder paste, but also are found in automobile replacement parts.

“EPA concludes that HBCD does not ...

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