[Pharmwaste] New data suggest PBDE byproducts (flame retardants) are ubiquitous inU.S. waters

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From: DeBiasi,Deborah [mailto:Deborah.DeBiasi at deq.virginia.gov] 
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Environmental News

New data suggest PBDE byproducts are ubiquitous in U.S. waters

Kellyn Betts

Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/es901200v

Publication Date (Web): May 27, 2009
Copyright (c) 2009 American Chemical Society

Research published in ES&T (DOI 10.1021/es9003679) shows for the first
time that compounds produced when PBDE flame retardants are exposed to
wastewater treatment can generate dioxins. Kris McNeill, Bill Arnold,
and their University of Minnesota colleagues say they believe that the
photochemically created brominated and mixed halogenated
dibenzo-p-dioxins they discovered are likely to be "ubiquitous in
aquatic environments." Experts agree that both the dioxins and the
compounds that produce them, hydroxylated PBDEs (OH-PBDEs), could be
impacting aquatic wildlife, and humans as well.

NOTE:  This is a long article, so please go to the site to see it in its

Deborah L. DeBiasi 
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