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Report: Stockholm Convention agrees on phaseout of HBCD

11:21 AM MDT | May 13, 2013

The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention has agreed to begin phasing out the use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in little more than a year, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. HBCD is used in furniture, vehicles, and electronics, as well as in building insulation. The phaseout agreement gives HBCD a 5-year grace period for its use as a flame retardant in expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene in building insulation, the report adds. HBCD will, as a result of the decision, be added to the Stockholm...

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