Environment Canada recently issued the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, placing restrictions on PBDEs, which are used in a wide variety of plastics, fabrics, glues, sealants and foams to slow the spread of fire. In particular, the regulations prohibit the manufacture of a wide variety of PBDEs in Canada and prohibit the use, sale, offer for sale in Canada and import into Canada of certain PBDEs (including tetraBDE, pentaBDE and hexaBDE congeners, as well as mixtures, polymers and resins containing these substances). The regulations do not apply to manufactured articles or final products containing PBDEs that are imported or already in use in Canada.

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