The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report on alternatives to the flame retardant chemical hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). HBCD has been shown to be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. The Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternative Assessments report was developed with stakeholders and public participation and it details the lifecycle of HBCD and exposure information. The report identifies two viable chemical alternatives for HBCD use in polystyrene building insulation, including butadiene styrene brominated copolymer, which is currently in commercial production in the U.S. EPA has recently launched ChemView, a database that includes a wide array of chemical data, including the results of the HBCD alternatives assessment that will help companies make a decision when developing and using safer chemicals in their products. Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention said, “The conclusions in this report are enabling companies who choose to move away from HBCD to do so with confidence that the potential for unintended consequences is minimized.”