Monday, November 03, 2003 - EPA: Company to Phase Out Flame Retardants
"By Associated Press
November 3, 2003, 6:49 PM EST
WASHINGTON -- An Indiana company has agreed to cease production voluntarily of two widely used flame-retardant chemicals by the end of 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

EPA said the Great Lakes Chemical Corp., of West Lafayette, Ind., will stop making Penta and Octa and quickly shift to safer alternatives. The chemicals are PBDEs -- polybrominated diphenyl ethers -- commonly used in upholstery, electronics and other foam and plastic products. "

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