Collaborators: NY Department of Health, State
University of NY at Albany
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are incorporated as additives or
by chemical reactions with polymers, for the purpose of reducing the
flammability of the final manufactured product. Polymers that contain BFRs,
including polyurethane foams, high-impact polystyrene, and PVC, are extensively used
in products such as building materials, electronics, carpets, upholstery, and car panels. These
emerging persistent organic pollutants have recently been found in quantifiable
levels in humans, fish, and wildlife.
Current research indicates these contaminants can cause endocrine
disruption with potentially profound effects. This is the first study to
examine and report these contaminants in marine predators (humans, dolphins,
sharks) of the United States.