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Sweden Lifts Deca-BDE Ban on Textiles, Furniture and Electric Cables.

8:42 AM MDT | May 15, 2008 | Ed Berrigan

Faced with a legal challenge from the European Union (EU), the Swedish government has agreed to repeal its national ban on the use of the brominated flame retardant deca-brominated diphenyl ether (deca-BDE) in textiles, furniture and some electric cables. Sweden introduced the ban in 2006 against opposition from the chemical industry and some EU states.   Chemical industry group the European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel (Ebfrip; Brussels) has been critical of the Swedish government’s decision to ban deca-BDE. “The Swedish...

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