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Phasing out Deca

December 2010

Under pressure from EWG and other advocates, EPA and three chemical companies agreed to end production, importation and use of decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), a neurotoxic and possibly carcinogen chemical, by the end of 2013. Deca, commonly added to consumer electronics, furniture, textiles and plastic shipping pallets, is biopersistent and presents particular dangers to children. EWG supports a federal ban and rules to assure safe substitutes. 

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