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Nations agree to phase out toxic chemical HBCD

from Agence France-Presse via Global Post

Governments have agreed to phase out the use of the toxic chemical HBCD and restrict trade in four other dangerous substances, the head of the United Nations' anti-pollution division said at the close of a two-week international summit on chemicals and toxins. The conference agreed to ban the production and use of HBCD from next year, albeit with a five-year grace period for its use as a flame-retardant in polystyrene building insulation. more

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