October 16, 2015
UNITED STATES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for Hexabromocyclododecane and 1,2,5,6,9,10-Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to be used in consumer textiles, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EPA is evaluating the notification to prohibit or limit HBCD before the product is out on the market. The final SNUR mandates that the EPA must be notified a minimum of 90 days before HBCD is to be used in a textile intended for consumers. This final rule defines consumer textile as bolts of cloth and draperies, as well as textiles that are part of household furniture and mattresses.