US EPA Proposes Stricter Regulations for Toxic Chemicals: DecaBDE and PIP (3:1)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced a proposed rule aimed at enhancing protection against two persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals—decaBDE and phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)).
DecaBDE, a flame retardant with known health risks, was already subjected to restrictions in a 2021 rule. The new proposal suggests additional measures, such as requiring personal protective equipment for certain decaBDE activities, restricting water releases, and mandating notification for exports to nuclear power facilities. Compliance dates for decaBDE-containing wire and cable insulation in nuclear power facilities are extended to allow for the industry's transition to alternatives.
PIP (3:1), used in various industries and products, also poses health and environmental risks. The EPA proposes an extension of compliance dates for some articles, introduces worker protections, and suggests phasing out specific uses of PIP (3:1), including a 5-year phaseout for certain applications in lubricants and greases. Exclusions for processing and distribution of PIP (3:1) for wire harnessing and electric circuit boards are proposed. The EPA plans a public webinar to explain the proposed rule, with a 45-day comment period following publication in the Federal Register.
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