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Posted on 06/09/2019
US EPA consults on bans on DecaBDE and PIP

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published, for public comment to 27th September 2019, a proposal to ban the manufacture, import, processing or sale of products to which DecaBDE and of PIP (phenol isoporopylated phosphate 3:1) have been added, with the exception of aircraft and aerospace, replacement (for DecaBDE) or new (for PIP) automotive parts and recycling of DecaBDE-containing plastics. The proposal considers that these substances are PBT (Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic) and also actions on other non flame retardant PBT chemicals. DecaBDE is a brominated flame retardant, widely used until recently. PIP is a plasticiser, anti-compressibility and anti-wear additive (additive in lubricants) and flame retardant for which the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) website indicates < 1 000 tonnes/year.

EPA press release, proposed rule and access to consultation, docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0080, 21st June 2019, open to 27 September 2019 https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/persistent-bioaccumulative-and-toxic-pbt-chemicals-under

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