EPA Finds Unreasonable Risks for HBCD Flame Retardants

The EPA released a draft revised risk evaluation for the cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster (HBCD) in December 2021. HBCD is primarily used as a flame retardant in building materials like insulation, solder paste, recycled plastics, and automobile replacement parts. “The final risk evaluation for HBCD found unreasonable risks to the environment for 6 out of […]

Safer Substitutes for Flame Retardants

Safer Substitutes for Flame Retardants Flame- retardant chemicals have long been incorporated into different products like furniture, carpets, electronics, appliances, and building products to meet state and federal flammability requirements designed to decrease ignitability and inhibit combustion. Unfortunately, monitoring and testing studies found that certain flame- retardant chemicals exhibit undesirable characteristics such as being persistent […]