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EPA Action Plan for Hexabromocyclododecane

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

 

HexabromocyclododecaneThe EPA is considering hexabromocyclododecane, a brominated flame retardant made up of various mixtures of its 16 isomers (herein: HBCD), for action under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). This is in addition to two other groups of compounds already discussed in previous Lab Science News articles.

HBCD is ubiquitous in the environment throughout the world and is also found in human tissues, including blood, adipose, and breast milk. When released into the environment, it can travel great distances, bioaccumulating and biomagnifing in the food chain. In addition to its high toxicity to aquatic organisms, studies have also linked HBCD to reproductive, developmental, and neurological effects in humans, with a potentially higher impact on children because of their smaller size.

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EPA’s New Action Plan for Certain Dyes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

EPA Action Plan for Certain Dyes

On August 18th, 2010, the EPA announced the release of new action plans to review the potential health risks of certain compounds. These action plans were developed “based on [the chemicals’] presence in humans; persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) characteristics; [and] use in consumer products, production volume or other similar factors”1. These action plans may result in new use rules, new reporting limits, or banning or limiting their production and use.

The first of these action plans, and the only to be discussed in this current edition of Lab Science News, relates to azo dyes derived from benzidene and benzidene congeners. In the US, these compounds are used primarily in textiles, inks, paper, paints, and by the pharmaceutical and food industries. They are also used in inkjet and laser printers and as biological stains and reagents in laboratories. It is of note that they are already banned in the European Union.

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