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BCERF Brief (in English) on PBDEs - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers; includes Reference List

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Brief, Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), in English

Abstract

This BCERF Brief on polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a class of brominated flame retardants, includes information on their use, what products they are found in, estrogenic effects (some are estrogen mimics), rising levels in breast milk, detection in wildlife and humans, health effects, debate on the potential for the deca-form to break down, e-waste issues from electronic waste, levels in house dust, and alternatives and alternative products that do not use PBDEs.

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Brief on PBDE flame retardants (polybrominated diphenylethers)

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The New York State Department of Health, and Department of Environmental Conservation

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2007-02

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Cornell University Program Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors

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Brief; endocrine disruptor; PBDE; brominated diphenyl ether; flame retardant; environmental estrogen; breast cancer risk; decaBDE; octaBDE; pentaBDE

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