Decabromodiphenyl Ether

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Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DecaBDE) is a polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), a class of chemicals used as flame retardants. In 2009, the EPA announced its negotiation of a voluntary phase-out of the use of decaBDE with the two largest domestic manufacturers (Albemarle Corporation and Chemtura Corporation) and the largest importer (ICL Industrial Products, Inc) of the chemical. "The companies have committed to end production, importation, and sales of decaBDE for most uses in the United States by December 31, 2012, and to end all uses by the end of 2013"[1] However, the chemical still exists in products purchased prior to that time. For example, a 2014 study found it in camping tents.[2]

"EPA is concerned that certain PBDE congeners are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic to both humans and the environment... PBDEs are not chemically bound to plastics, foam, fabrics, or other products in which they are used, making them more likely to leach out of these products."[3]

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