NOAA Report Calls Flame Retardants Concern To U.S. Coastal Ecosystems

NOAA scientists, in a first-of-its-kind report issued this week, say that Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), chemicals commonly used in commercial goods as flame retardants since the 1970s, are found in all United States coastal waters and the Great Lakes, with elevated levels near urban and industrial centers.

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