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06/07/2020

Maryland State, USA

Maryland State, USA, has enacted Bill SB0447 banning the sale of mattresses, upholstered furniture or children’s products containing > 0.1% by mass “flame-retardant chemicals”, defined as intended to resist or inhibit fire and containing halogens, carbon plus phosphorus, carbon plus nitrogen or being nanoscale.

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06/07/2020

NGO opposes chemical plastics recycling

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives has published a 35 page document arguing against chemicals plastics recycling, claiming that there is a lack of data showing viability, environmental challenges (possible toxic emissions or waste streams) and negative energy and carbon balance.

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06/07/2020

Cefic highlights potential of chemical recycling

The European Chemical Council, Cefic, considers that chemical recycling of plastic waste (to produce new chemicals and plastics) can contribute to the circular economy, in complement to mechanical and dissolution recycling of plastics.

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06/07/2020

Organic contaminants released in fires

Five full-scale fire tests in furnished rooms show that levels of PAHs (polyaromatic hydrocarbons) and derivates of brominated and phosphorus flame retardants in fire gases and soot depend on the intensity of fire and to some extent on fire extinguishing method.

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06/07/2020

Organophosphate esters and birth outcomes

A study of 90 women* found no significant correlation between social and environmental exposure factors (questionnaire) and urinary organophosphate ester (OPE) metabolites.

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11/06/2020

EU new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Five of the seven targeted product value chains in the new Plan concern flame retardants and fire safety: electronics and infor-mation and communication technology (ICT), batteries and vehicles, plastics, textiles (EU strategy for 2021) and construction.

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11/06/2020

pinfa input to EU textile BREF update

pinfa has proposed, through Cefic, improvements to the textile industry BREF including integration of PIN FRs into fibres and updates on alternative assessments.

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11/06/2020

NIST relaunches standard testing cigarette

The original 2010 production of SRM 1196 testing cigarettes lasted less long than expected because of increasing demand for fire testing

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11/06/2020

US ICC standards process questioned

A vote on amendments to the International Construction Code reversing positions in committee and hearings is casting doubt on the standards process.

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