USEPA’s Drinking Water Monitoring Program

Speaker: Andrew Lindstrom
Research Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Event: Science & Policy of Highly Fluorinated Chemicals

July 12, 2015

Table Mountain Inn
Golden, Colorado, USA…

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Guardian: Quest to eliminate chemical flame retardants from Californian homes is far from over, experts say

May 15 2015

A California regulation effectively eliminated the need for chemical flame retardants in furniture in November 2013. Two years later, though, experts say the quest to eliminate the retardants from the home is far from over.…

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Science Insider: Scientists call for limits on emerging class of common, long-lived chemicals

May 1 2015

More than 200 scientists from 38 countries spoke with one voice today, calling for curbs on the global production and use of a class of chemicals found in hundreds of grease- and water-resistant industrial and consumer products. To avoid long-term harm to the environment and human health, nations should act now to limit use of the toxic compounds, which can persist for long periods in the environment, the scientists conclude in a statement appearing in Environmental Health Perspectives.…

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Huffington Post: Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

May 1 2015

In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company’s increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats and rabbits. Studies over the following decades found no safe level of exposure in animals and determined that humans, too, got sick when exposed to the chemicals — which were also seen to build up in the body and resist breakdown in the environment.…

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HBCD alternatives assessment: narrow focus misses large problems

Polymeric flame retardant evaluated as HBCD alternative in Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (EPA DfE) assessment presents unknown risks and possible undesirable trade-offs In reading the Executive Summary of the recent EPA DfE alternatives assessment it may appear that there is a safer chemical replacement for the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), which is being globally phased out. Unlike HBCD, the replacement is a polymer or polymeric, meaning that many smaller pieces are joined together to make a large molecule,…

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