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Maine Legislature Votes to Ban a Flame Retardant

7:21 AM MDT | August 6, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Baldacci: Expected to sign bill into law. Maine’s Senate has voted to ban the flame retardant deca-brominated diphenyl ether (deca-BDE), making it one of the first states to pass such a ban. The state’s House passed the same measure last month, and Governor John Baldacci (D.) is expected to sign the bill. Deca-BDE is used in television and computer casings, as well as some furniture and other products. The bill, introduced by Representative Hannah Pingree (D., North Haven), bans the use of deca-BDE in furniture sold in the state from January 1, 2008...

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