Norway and The State of Alaska of
the US to ban products containing certain Flame Retardants
The State of Alaska of the USA proposes
a bill to ban the manufacture, sale, distribution, or use of a product
containing certain flame retardants. If passed, as of January 1, 2009,
a person may not manufacture, sell, or distribute (with exemptions*):
5. a product that contains more than 0.1% by mass of PentaBDE, OctaBDE,
or a combination of PentaBDE and OctaBDE;
6. a mattress, a mattress pad, or upholstered furniture if the mattress,
mattress pad, or upholstered furniture has a textile component containing
more than 0.1% by mass of DecaBDE;
7. an electronic product having a plastic housing that contains more than
0.1% by mass of DecaBDE;
8. a mattress, mattress pad, or upholstered furniture containing plastic
fibers, or an electronic product that has a plastic housing, containing
any other flame retardants if the authorities determine that:
- the flame retardant is harmful
to the public health or the environment; and
- an alternative to the flame retardant
exists, is safer for the public health or the environment, and is available
on a nationwide basis.
6. A transportation vehicle or a product
or part used in a transportation vehicle or transportation equipment;
7. A product or equipment used in an industrial, mining, or manufacturing
8. Electronic wiring or cable used for power transmission;
9. A used item that is resold;
10. A new item that is brought into the state before the effective date
of this section.
For the purpose of the bill:
"Electronic product" means
a television, a computer, or another piece of electronic equipment.
"Flame retardant" means a chemical that is added to plastics,
foam, or textiles to inhibit flame formation.
The State of Alaska, US
The Norwegian government is to follow
through on a proposal made in 2005 to prohibit the use of deca-BDE as
a flame retardant in virtually all uses except transport. The ban takes
effect from 1 April 2008 according to a Regulation published recently.
The European Brominated Flame Retardant
Industry Panel (EBFRIP) is calling on the EU and World Trade Organisation
to take urgent action to prevent Norway's unilateral move. This unilateral
action was taken despite EU chemicals legislation which, through the European
Economic Area Agreement, is fully applicable in Norway, namely:
- an EU risk assessment, completed
in 2004, which concluded no need for restrictions on the use of Deca-BDE,
and which does not identify a significant risk to health and environment;
- an exemption for Deca-BDE from
the EU RoHS Directive regulating substances used in electrical and electronic
The Regulation amends the regulation
of 1 June 2004 No 922 relating to restrictions on the use of chemicals
dangerous to health and environment and other products (Product regulations).
Exempted from this prohibition is the use of decabromodiphenyl ether in:
- rolling material for use on railway,
including tram, metro, subway, and similar means of transport intended
to be used on track.
Decabromodiphenyl ether in electric
and electronic equipment included in §-17 of this regulation is prohibited
by §-18 of this regulation.
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