Monthly Archives: March 2016


A non-used set of luxus chess pieces made in Staunton stile and made  in noble woods, a.o. of rosewood, is set for sale by the private owner. The weight of the king is for example 60 gram, and he has a height of 4 inches. Included is a nicely illustrated wooden box from Costa Rica.  The box has the…
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The hazardous flame retardant HBCDD banned in EU – with exemptions

  In News posts from March 2, March 18, April 25 and June 13, 2014 the background for the interests in this hazardous chemical HBCDD were explained. A popular review is available: HBCDD_blue_2013_final Among others the authorisation process in the EU was explained, which has recently come to a preliminary end. In the European Commission Regulation…
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Are short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe substitutes for long-chains?

On 24 February and 26 February 2016 I gave lectures in Australia with the title: "Are the short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe alternatives?" at seminars, respectively, at the CAPIM, the University of Melbourne, and at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in Sydney. PFAS, such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and their C8-precursors, are well-known chemical hazards, and such chemicals…
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