Deca-BDE is the most commonly used flame retardant material in the US, and around the world as a whole. However, by 2013, this material will be completely removed from application in the United States, as a result of a new deal between Chemtura and Albemarie Corporation, its US producers – ICL Industrial Products Inc, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The reason is that PBDEs are very closely related to PCBs, which have been under a ban for almost 30 years now, as they can cause various conditions, ranging from immune suppression, endocrine disruption, as well as behavioral problems.
There’s already a program under way that is aimed at speeding up the market’s transition to more sustainable solutions for flame retardant materials, which also includes a three-year phase-out of sales of Deca anywhere in the US.
There’s one problem with this, though – the ban does not cover imported products which contain the compund. However, the people behind this project are confident that it will bring a change in the use of flame retardants.
[ Via Treehugger ]