Background

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Oct. 11 that it will take expedited action to reduce exposure to the following chemicals to the extent practicable.

- decabromodiphenyl ethers, which are used as a flame retardant in textiles, plastics, and polyurethane foam

- hexachlorobutadiene, which is used in the manufacture of rubber compounds and lubricants and as a solvent

- pentachlorothio-phenol, which is used as an agent to make rubber more pliable in industrial uses

- tris (4-isopropylphenyl) phosphate, which is used as a flame retardant in consumer products and other industrial uses

- 2,4,6-tris(tert-butyl)phenol, which is used as a fuel, oil, gasoline, or lubricant additive

The EPA states that once it finishes identifying where these chemicals are used and how people are exposed to them it will move directly to propose limitations on their use. The statutory deadline for the EPA to propose action is June 22, 2019.

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