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E-M:/ Brominated Flame Retardants to be Voluntarily Phased Out

Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>

NOTE: Only 2 flame retardants on the list, although others are
of concern as well.

Brominated Flame Retardants to be Voluntarily Phased Out


11/3/03 1:03:00 PM

To: National Desk, Environment Reporter

Contact: David Deegan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
617-918-1017 or deegan.dave@epa.gov

BOSTON, Nov. 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Great Lakes Chemical Corp. of 
West Lafayette, Ind., will voluntarily cease production of two 
widely-used flame retardant chemicals by the end of 2004. The 
chemicals in question, Penta and Octa, are members of a group of 
chemicals called polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), which in turn 
are members of a broader class of chemicals called brominated flame 
retardants (BFRs). This announcement follows discussions with the 
Great Lakes Chemical Corp., the only U.S. manufacturer of Penta and 
one of a small number of Octa manufacturers.

"EPA commends Great Lakes Chemical Corp. for taking this action 
voluntarily and for doing so as expeditiously as possible," said 
Stephen L. Johnson, EPA's Acting Deputy Administrator. "The company's 
decision to swiftly cease production of these chemicals by 2004 will 
accelerate the shift to safer alternatives. This is a responsible 
action that is likely to result in reduced amounts of these chemicals 
in the environment."

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