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BASF opposes authorizing HBCD under Reach

9:31 AM MDT | June 19, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

BASF says that it opposes the authorization for prolonged use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) under the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) regulations. The company argues that authorization after the sunset date of 21 August 2015 is unnecessary, since sufficient quantities of a suitable alternative to HBCD are available. HBCD is used as a flame retardant (FR) mainly for insulating foams based on polystyrene and for textiles. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) launched a public consultation...

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