China Information Project

Project status: not currently active

The problem: The production capacity of flame retardants in China has gone from 50 kilotonnes in 1993 to 350 kilotonnes in 2006, and continues to grow rapidly. The market share for the more toxic halogenated fire-retardant chemicals is larger in China than in the EU or U.S.
GSP is educating government, industry, academics, press, and the Chinese public about human health and environmental impacts of using flame retardants and other untested halogenated chemicals.

Executive Director Arlene Blum wrote an article, “Averting another toxics disaster”, for China Dialogue online.

GSP continues to build relationships with academics, furniture industry representatives, NGOs, and the government in China. Dr. Blum contributed a paper to the China Environment Series at the Woodrow Wilson Center and co-chaired the session, “BFRs, PFCs and other POPs: Public Health and Exposure” at the international Dioxin meeting in Beijing in August 2009.

Beijing Symposium

GSP organized a one-day symposium in Beijing on August 22, 2009. Linda Birnbaum, Susan Shaw, Eddy Zeng, Tom Webster, and other leading scientists shared information and research results on the health and environmental impacts of flame retardants and related toxic chemicals as well as how to reduce exposure to protect health.

Arlene Blum, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
The Fire Retardant Dilemma in China: Human Health and the Global Environment / 阻燃剂面临的问题 ——防火、人类健康与环保

Linda Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, Director, U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
An Overview of Halogenated Fire Retardant Research / 卤代阻燃剂研究概述

Susan Shaw, DrPH, Director, U.S. Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
A Comparison Of Fire Retardant Levels And Known Health Effects in Wildlife and Humans / 卤代阻燃剂不同含量水平及所致健 康效应的比较–人和野生动植物

Tom Webster, DSc, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
From Product to Person, How to Measure Human Exposure to Persistent Halogenated Chemicals / 从产品到人体的 PBDEs暴露

Eddy Zeng, PhD, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry (Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry)
A big picture view of halogenated chemical exposures in China / 对中国持久性卤代化合物暴露 的一点见解

Tom Webster, DSc, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology of Flame Retardants (mostly PBDEs) / 阻燃剂的流行病学研究 (大部分是PBDEs)

Professor Xingbiao Guo, Chairman, Dept. of Occupational Environment and Health, Beijing University
An overview of studies on health effects of traffic-related air pollution in China / 中国交通相关大气污染对健康影响研究的概述