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European High Court Bans Deca-BDE Starting in July

9:37 AM MDT | April 7, 2008 | Kara Sissell

The European Court of Justice (ECJ; Brussels) has ruled that a 2005 European Union (EU) decision to exempt flame retardant deca-brominated diphenyl ether (deca-BDE) from a hazardous materials directive was flawed, because the European Commission relied on a single scientific risk assessment to justify the exemption. The flame retardant’s exemption remains in place until June 30 to allow for marketplace adjustments, however. Still, industry representatives say it is extremely unlikely that the matter will be resolved before the end of June, which means...

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