Category Archives: Flame retardants

The brominated flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether banned in the EU

Decabromodiphenyl ether (DBDE, DecaBDE, bis(pentabromophenyl) ether, CAS No 1163-19-5, EC No 214-604-9) is widely used as an additive flame retardant with applications in many different sectors, in particular in plastic and textile articles but also in adhesives, sealants, coatings and inks. Decabromodiphenyl ether DecaBDE was banned fro. 2 March 2019 according to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/227 of 9…
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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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Dioxin 2014 in Madrid, Spain

Every year there is a very large International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants arranged somewhere in the World. These days from August 31st - September 5th the 34th Symposium is going on in Madrid, Spain. The symposium chair is my friend Dr. Begona Jiménez, I met at a EU project evaluation meeting some years ago.…
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High concentrations of environmental toxins in freshwater fish i Norway

Lake Mjøsa A new large study (in Norwegian with summary in English) of  three large lakes in Norway revealed that toxic chemicals emitted from common consumer products still accumulate at high concentrations in freshwater fish and zooplankton. The analysed chemicals were mercury, siloxanes, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS). The highest…
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