Green Science Policy Institute Publications

This page highlights articles published by Green Science Policy Institute staff in both scholarly and popular venues.
For other research referenced in our work, see our bibliography page.

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

Babrauskas V., Lucas D., Eisenberg D., Singla V., Dedeo M., Blum A. (2012) Flame retardants in building insulation: a case for re-evaluating building codes. Building Research & Information 40(6):738-755

Stapleton H.M., Sharma S., Getzinger G., Ferguson P.L., Gabriel M., Webster T.F., Blum A. (2012) Novel and High Volume Use Flame Retardants in US Couches Reflective of the 2005 PentaBDE Phase Out. Environmental Science & Technology 46:13432–13439.

Babrauskas V, Blum A, Daley R, Birnbaum L. (2011) Flame retardants in furniture foam: Benefits and risks. Fire Safety Science 10: 265-278.

Stapleton HM, Klosterhaus S, Keller A, Ferguson PL, van Bergen S, Cooper E, Webster TF, Blum A. (2011) Identification of flame retardants in polyurethane foam collected from baby products. Environmental Science & Technology 45: 5323-5331.

Shaw SD, Blum A, Weber R, Kannan K, Rich D, Lucas D, Koshland CP, Dobraca D, Hanson S, Birnbaum LS. (2010) Halogenated flame retardants: Do the fire safety benefits justify the risks? Reviews on Environmental Health 25(4): 261-305.

Ahn KC, Blum A., Fishman E, et al. (2009) Immunoassay for Monitoring Environmental and Human Exposure to the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether BDE-47, Environmental Science & Technology 43: 7784–7790.

Stapleton HM, Klosterhaus S, Eagle S, Fuh J, Meeker JD, Blum A, Webster TF. (2009) Detection of organophosphate flame retardants in furniture foam and U.S. house dust. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 7490–7495.

Blum A. (1978) Children absorb tris-BP flame retardant from sleepwear: urine contains the mutagenic metabolite, 2,3-dibromopropanol. Science; 201(4360):1020-1023.

Blum A. (1978) Another flame retardant, tris-(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)-phosphate, and its expected metabolites are mutagens Science; 200(4343):785-787.

Blum A, Ames BN. (1977) Flame-retardant additives as possible cancer hazards Science; 195(4273):17-23.

White Papers and Position Statements

Blum A. (2014) The Case against Candle Resistant TVs. Update to 2008 White Paper, January 2014.

DiGangi J, Blum A, Bergman Å, de Wit C, Lucas D, Mortimer D, Schecter A, Scheringer M, Shaw SD, Webster TF. (2010) San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants Environmental Health Perspectives 118(12): A516-A518.

Blum A., et al. The Case against Candle Resistant Electronics: White Paper 5/15/2008

Publications from Meetings and Conferences

Blum A.D., Daley R., Babrauskas V. (2011) Regulatory Policy Leading to Halogenated Flame Retardants in Furniture and Baby Products: Fire Safety and Health Concerns. Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 73: 2032-2035.

Shaw S.D., Blum A., Weber R., Kannan K., Rich D., Lucas D., Koshland C.P., Dobraca D., Hanson S., Birnbaum L.S. (2011) Halogenated Flame Retardants: Do the Fire Safety Benefits Justify the Risks? Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 73: 2036-2039.

Daley R.E., Blum A., DiGangi J., Mortimer D., Lucas D., Schecter A., Scheringer M., Shaw S., de Wit C. (2011) The San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants: Impacts and Potential Policy Influence. Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 73: 2078-2079.

Blum A. (2011) Flame retardants in furniture: Is there a fire safety benefit? 12th Workshop on Brominated and other Flame Retardants, Boston, USA.

Blum A. (2010) Averting Another Toxics Disaster in China. China Environment Series. Issue 11. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., United States.

Blum A, Shaw S, Birnbaum L. (2010) PBDEs and their replacements: Does the benefit justify the harm? Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 72: 1296-1301.

Stapleton H, Klosterhaus S, Blum A, Webster T. (2010) Identification of flame retardants in polyurethane foam collected from baby products, 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, San Antonio, United States.

Daley R, Shaw S, Birnbaum L, Blum A. (2010) It’s all about penta: Informing decision-makers about the properties of penta-BDE and its replacements . Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 72: 1673-1678.

Blum A. (2010) Flame retardants, policy, and public health: past and present. 4th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health, San Francisco, United States.

Klosterhaus S, Stapleton HM, La Guardia M, Davis E, Eagle S, Blum A. (2010) Recent studies on the identification an occurrence of PentaBDE replacement chemicals in indoor and outdoor environments , 5th International Symposium on Brominated Flame Retardants, Kyoto, Japan.

Blum A, Birnbaum L. (2010) Halogenated Flame Retardants in Consumer Products: Do the Fire Safety Benefits Justify the Health and Environmental Risks? 5th International Symposium on Brominated Flame Retardants, Kyoto, Japan.

Blum A. (2009) Do Flame Retardants Save Lives?  How Peer-Reviewed Science Can Impact Regulatory Decision-Making 11th Annual Workshop on Brominated Flame Retardants, Ottawa, Canada.

Blum A. (2009) Flame Retardants, Health, and Environment: How Peer-Reviewed Science Can Impact Regulatory Decision-Making Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 71: 2322-2327.

Stapleton H, Klosterhaus S, Eagle S, Fuh J, Meeker J, Blum A, Watkins D, McClean M, Webster T. (2009) Identification of tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate and other organophosphate flame retardants in U.S. indoor environments, Organohalogen Compounds (Official journal of the International Dioxin Symposium) 71:1566-1569.

Articles in Popular Media

Blum A. Sitting Safely and Comfortably in California. Capitol Weekly 05/05/2011

Blum A. Flame Retardants are the Asbestos of our Time. Sacramento Bee 04/28/2011

Daley R, Fuoco G. The Hidden Risk of Fire Safety Standards. AOL News 01/06/2011

Blum A, Fishman E., Averting a California toxics disaster California Progress Report, 3/13/2009

Blum A. Averting another toxics disaster China Dialogue, 12/17/2008

Blum A., Did the State Kill my Cat? LA Times, 10/17/2008

Blum A., Killer Couch Chemicals Huffington Post, 8/16/2007

Blum A., Chemical Burns New York Times, 11/19/2007

Other Publications

Daley R. (2011) Flame retardant troubles attributable to weak chemical regulations. Public Health Reports 126: 458-459.

Kirshner M, Blum A., When Product Safety and the Environment Appear to Collide: The Defeat of the Candle Flame Ignition Requirement  Conformity January 2009

Blum A., The Fire Retardant Dilemma Science Commentary, 10/12/2007

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