Government of Canada published final regulations to reduce the levels of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) that could be entering the environment. The Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers Regulation, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 is aimed to minimize the release of these chemicals into the environment. PBDEs are not manufactured in Canada but are imported for use in commercial and consumer products including flexible polyurethane foam used as cushioning in upholstered furniture, automotive seating and carpet backing, flame retardants in electronics and upholstery and drapery textiles.

The new regulations prohibit the manufacture of PBDEs and restrict their import, use and sale.

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