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Materials for a Healthy, Ecological and Sustainable Built Environment by Maibritt Pedersen Zari, Brenda Vale, Emina K. Petrovic

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How substances get regulated against in the building industry

Formaldehyde, phthalate plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride/vinyl

Emina Kristina Petrović,    Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

This chapter uses a range of substances to evaluate the current practices when negotiating elimination of harmful substances. The core question is whether the current procedures can be seen as better than the way humanity dealt with the slow elimination of lead and asbestos. Using the examples of formaldehyde and phthalate plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride, the chapter reviews patterns with substances which have recently received some regulative action against them. The examples show slow responses, repeated rebuttal from ...

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