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EPA IDs Alternatives to Toxic Flame Retardants

The EPA has identified safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam, to help industries choose safer chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals such as hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) raise concerns for human health and the environment … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 14001 and RoHS List Revisions, Wireless Automation

The ISO 14001 Working Group (TC 207/SC1 WG5) has released Committee Draft 2, the latest step in revising the environmental management standard. The draft now enters a three-month balloting period, according to LRQA deputy technical director Steve Williams, a member of the working group. WG5’s joint secretary, Mike Henigan, said the draft is … Read more »


EPA Evaluates Safer Substitutes for Flame Retardant HBCD

In an effort to help manufacturers use safer chemicals in polystyrene building insulation, the EPA has released a draft report on alternatives to hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a flame retardant chemical that has persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic characteristics. The Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment draft report identifies two viable chemical … Read more »

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