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PBDE Ban Could Affect the Flame Retardants in Aircraft Parts

Are your flame retardant chemicals about to be banned?

Earlier this year, EPA proposed a rule banning certain polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs).  These are flame retardant chemicals used in certain plastics, including in aircraft interiors.  There have been a number of studies focused on the whether passenger or crew exposure  to PBDEs in the aircraft could pose a danger.

Earlier this year, the US government published a proposed rule that would ban the manufacture, importation, and processing of decaBDE, a flame retardant.  The rule could impact manufacturers and suppliers of aviation parts that contain decaBDE.

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2012, and the comment period closed on July 30, 2012.  You can find information here:

If you have an interest in this rule or would like to hear more about it, please contact Sarah Breslin  of the Small Business Administration at (202) 292-3410 or


About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Air Carrier Purchasing Conference, and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association. He also represents private clients drawn from the spectrum of the aviation industry.


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