Norway adds two new substances to the national priority list of contaminants to be phased out



The Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency recommends adding two new substances to the national priority list of contaminants to be phased out. Both substances are very little biodegradable and difficult to get rid of when they first end up in the environment.

Flame retardantDechlorane Plus is used to prevent products from firing, including in various types of plastic. Examples are electrical wires, cables, auto equipment and plastic roofing materials. The substance is marketed as an alternative to the brominated flame retardant Deca-BDE is banned in Norway and is now banned in both the EU and globally on the initiative of Norway. Dechlorane Plus is very little biodegradable and can accumulate in animals and stay up in the food chain. The substance is found among other things in polar bears in the Arctic.

Water and stain repellent PFBS is a so-called perfluorinated substance, which is labeled PFAS. The PFBS-related substances are converted into PFBS that are not degraded into the environment. PFBS is found in humans and in the environment, also in polar bears in the Arctic. Surveillance and research has in recent years led to an increased recognition that both PFASs have undesirable properties and that the sum of the total impact of different PFASs when they act together is worrying. The main uses for PFBS and PFBS-related substances are water and stain repellent agents for leather, textiles, carpets and porous hard surfaces. 

Read the facts about: PFBS

Read the facts about:  Dekloran

Link to the proposal for new substances on priority list

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