EPA plans to issue temporary exemption to decaBDE ban over nuclear reactor cabling

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will not seek enforcement of a ban on decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) against a company that provides wire and cable processing for nuclear reactors. The ban which went into effect on January 6th, 2023, has not yet been officially extended, but the agency has announced an enforcement statement where it states that it will not pursue enforcement of violations for the cabling.

Regulatory background

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take expedited action on certain persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals to reduce exposure and protect human health and the environment.

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