Great Lakes withdraws flame retardants, closes UK plants

Environmental pressures have forced Great Lakes Chemical into a strategic review of its brominated flame retardants business. The company is to cease production of penta- and octa-brominated diphenyl ether flame retardants following a barrage of evidence of their persistence in wildlife and humans which precipitated a ban in the EU. It is launching an "environmentally responsive" replacement - but is also closing two UK sites, including the controversial Newton Aycliffe works.

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