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California Tribe Seeks Review of EPA Flame Retardant Rule (2)

March 22, 2021, 2:19 PM; Updated: March 22, 2021, 4:37 PM

The EPA’s new restrictions for a flame retardant chemical need a court’s review, the Yurok Tribe of California said in a petition filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Decabromodiphenyl ether, or decaBDE, is added to plastics, textiles and other materials to make them less flammable. The Environmental Protection Agency banned all imports, processing, and distribution of decaBDE, and products containing the chemical, in a Jan. 6 rule.

The new rule doesn’t “impose any restrictions or safeguards to protect people from exposure to the chemical when it is recycled into new consumer products or when products...

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