EPA strikes deal with manufacturers to stop producing DecaBDE

Chemtura, Albemarle and ICL Industrial Products reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to voluntarily phase out production of the flame-retardant chemical decabromodiphenyl ether within three years. The deal would stop the production, importation and use of the chemical in consumer products by December 2012, while a full ban would be implemented a year after. Albemarle described deca as safe but said the company had developed a "recyclable and an eco-friendly alternative."

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