Friday, November 07, 2003

EPA will phase out flame retardant chemical found in breast milk

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to phase out some toxic flame-retardant chemicals that have shown up in high levels in the breast milk of American women, including one in Missouri. The EPA announced this week that a major manufacturer of two widely used brominated flame retardants would phase out their production by the end of next year because of health concerns. Great Lakes Chemical Corp. of West Lafayette, Ind., will replace the chemicals, known as Penta and Octa, with a product deemed to be safer. "

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