Household peril

January 2005
New Scientist;1/15/2005, Vol. 185 Issue 2482, p18
This article reports that dust in U.S. homes contains such high levels of flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) that young children could be ingesting up to 6000 nanograms of these chemicals a day. The team of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland, found PBDEs in dust from all the 17 homes they sampled in Washington D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina. Concentrations ranged up to 30,100 nanograms per gram, they reported online in "Environmental Science and Technology."


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