ISRI slams proposed EPA regulation for plastics

Aug 13, 2012 | 08:30 AM | Sean Davidson

Tags  Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, ISRI, plastic scrap, PBDEs, David Wagger, Sean Davidson

SAN DIEGO — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has slammed Environmental Protection Agency proposals that would regulate certain plastics in the recycling stream.

The EPA had called for industry comment on proposed amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, which would introduce two new rules pertaining to certain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), fire retardants widely used in plastics until 2004.

In response, ISRI said that applying the proposed rules to the recycling of old materials containing PBDEs would be inconsistent with federal and state policies and requirements that encourage the recycling of used plastics, electronics and other products that may contain PBDEs. ....

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