Category Archives: Flame retardants

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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New risk assessment of trichloroethylene

In the United States of America the basic chemical law "Toxic Substance Act (TOSCA)" was ahead of time, when it was introduced almost 40 years ago. Now the European REACH legislation is more advanced. A few days ago USEPA who manage the chemical legislation called on Congress to enact legislation that strengthens the current federal…
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USEPA final report on HBCDD alternatives

Yesterday, USEPA through its "Design for the Environment (DfE) program" released the final assessment for "Flame Retardant Alternatives for Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). It is a 23o pages extensive report produced according to a multi-stakeholder alternatives assessment to help decision makers choose safer alternatives. HBCDD is a brominated flame retardant used mainly in polystyren-based building insulation that has been found to…
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