Tuesday, April 7, 2009

An assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in sediments and bivalves of the US coastal zone

Source: NOAA Mussel Watch Program
"NOAA scientists, in a first-of-its-kind report issued today, state 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. The new findings are in contrast to analysis of samples as far back as 1996 that identified PBDEs in only a limited number of sites around the nation. "