Posts Tagged "flame retardants"

Flame Retardants Study (2014)

Flame retardant chemicals are added to many household products, from furniture to electronics. Once these products are in the home, flame retardants can migrate into household dust, putting humans at risk for exposure. Children are especially vulnerable because they spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor and putting their hands in their…

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Private Drinking Water (2016)

Private Drinking Water (2016)

Private wells serve 20 percent of Cape Cod residents. In a study of 20 private drinking water wells in seven Cape towns, Silent Spring Institute scientists detected low levels of pharmaceuticals and other common household chemicals, presumably from septic systems. The researchers detected the presence of these emerging contaminants—pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other chemicals whose…

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Public Drinking Water (2014)

Chemicals from consumer products and pharmaceuticals that flow down the drain can seep from septic systems into drinking water supplies, according to research conducted by Silent Spring Institute. In 2009, Institute researchers partnered with nine public water suppliers to collect samples from 20 wells and two distribution systems supplying drinking water on Cape Cod. Samples…

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Flame Retardants Study (2012)

Flame retardants sound like a good idea to prevent our couches and computers and carpets from combusting. Yet these chemicals also accumulate and linger in our homes, sometimes winding up in household dust at levels of health concern. That was one of the central findings of a Silent Spring Institute study, the first to test…

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Consumer Products as Pollutants (2010)

Silent Spring Institute researchers analyzed indoor and outdoor air samples taken from 50 homes in Northern California, including 40 homes in Richmond, an urban, low-income, largely minority community close to a large oil refinery, other industry, and major transportation corridors, and 10 in Bolinas, a rural, affluent, coastal community without much local industry or transportation. The…

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Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Flame Retardants Study (2008)

Californians have been exposed to significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, than people living in other parts of the country and the world. Animal studies have linked PBDEs to thyroid abnormalities, endocrine disruption, cancer, and effects on brain development. In this peer-reviewed study, Silent Spring Institute researchers found…

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Household Exposure Study (2003)

Household Exposure Study (2003)

In the initial Household Exposure Study project, Silent Spring Institute researchers took indoor air and dust samples from 120 homes on Cape Cod. They then measured the concentrations of 89 chemicals identified as endocrine disrupting compounds, which mimic or interfere with human hormones, sometimes affecting cell growth and development. The investigators selected the chemicals based…

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