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US EPA Proposes Rule Strengthening Protections Against Toxic Chemicals in Workplaces and the Environment: DecaBDE, PIP(3:1)

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule to enhance protection against two toxic chemicals, decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and Phenol, isopropylated, phosphate (3:1) , known as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals. The rule addresses workplace safety measures, water release restrictions, and broader implementation issues across various industries such as nuclear energy, transportation, construction, agriculture, forestry, mining, life sciences, and semiconductor production.

DecaBDE, a flame retardant, faces new regulations including personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements and water release prohibitions.

PIP (3:1), a plasticizer and flame retardant, has proposed compliance date extensions for certain articles, new worker protections, and a phased-out approach for specific uses.

The EPA aims to ensure protections against these chemicals while considering critical applications. Public comments on the proposed rule are invited for 45 days following publication.



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