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Flame retardants: Norway updates action plan to cut emissions

The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (KLIF, Oslo / Norway; www.klif.no) has updated its 2002 action plan to reduce emissions from brominated flame retardants. Under the new terms, in addition to securing a significant reduction in emissions by 2010, Norway has set itself the goal of completely reducing such emissions by 2020.

The new plan has not met with unconditional support. Willem Hofland, chairman of the European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel (EBFRIP, Brussels / Belgium; www.ebfrip.org), said that while his organisation welcomed Norway's increased engagement with EU regulations, "at the same time, EBFRIP firmly believes that Norwegian legislation should not pre-empt the EU's chemicals legislation REACH.”

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