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California to Ban Chemicals Used as Flame Retardants

Author: Jennifer Lee, New York Times, Published on: 10 August 2003

Reacting to research showing the rapid accumulation of widely used flame retardants in humans and wildlife, California will become the first state to ban the chemicals, which are suspected of contributing to learning disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity in children..."These chemicals are everywhere — in electronic equipment, television sets and upholstery,"...Great Lakes Chemical in Indianapolis is the primary producer of PBDE's...In response to the rising concern, a number of companies, including Intel, Ikea and Sony, are phasing PBDE's out of their products.

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Related companies: Great Lakes Chemical IKEA Intel Sony