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2012-11-15 11:34:48

Prenatal and childhood exposure to flame retardant compounds are linked to poorer attention, fine motor coordination and IQ in school-aged children, a finding by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that adds to growing health concerns over a chemical prevalent in U.S. households. The new study, to be published in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, focuses on PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of persistent,...

2012-07-10 14:21:03

BATON ROUGE, La., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter to Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) today offered its support of the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to finalize its proposed actions on Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Such action will ensure that decaBDE will not be imported into the United States after December 31, 2013. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111129/MM14279LOGO ) In the letter, Dr. David Clary, Albemarle's...

2012-05-23 17:20:18

A Duke University-led study of North Carolina toddlers suggests that exposure to potentially toxic flame-retardant chemicals may be higher in nonwhite toddlers than in white toddlers. The study also suggests that exposure to the chemicals is higher among toddlers whose fathers do not have a college degree, a proxy measure of lower socioeconomic background. Hand-to-mouth activity may account for a significant amount of the children's exposure to the contaminants, according to the study,...

Flame Retardants Linked To Lower Birth Weight
2011-08-31 09:05:39

  Exposure during pregnancy to flame retardant chemicals commonly found in the home is linked to lower birthweight babies, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. In the study, published Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the peer-reviewed publication American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that every tenfold increase in levels of PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, in a mother's blood during pregnancy...

2011-08-10 20:38:24

A new study finds that pregnant women in Northern California have the highest PBDE flame retardant exposures reported to date among pregnant women worldwide. It also describes some of the first evidence from humans that certain flame retardants may interfere with thyroid hormone signaling during pregnancy, which is critical to fetal brain development. The study, described as one of the most extensive to date on flame retardant exposures in pregnant women, appears in the ACS journal...

2011-07-06 08:14:00

BOSTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers studied over two dozen offices in Boston and discovered dangerous flame retardant chemicals - polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - banned by an international treaty - are contaminating every office. Exposure to PBDEs in the Office Environment: Evaluating the Relationship Between Dust, Handwipes, and Serum, was published June 30th in Environmental Health Perspectives. "These chemicals can mimic our bodies' natural hormones and...

2011-05-16 08:00:00

BATON ROUGE, La., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of flame retardants, announced today that it will increase prices of SAYTEX® flame retardants on shipments beginning July 1, 2011, or as contracts allow, at the following rates: SAYTEX® 102E (decabromodiphenyl oxide) by $1.00/kg globally SAYTEX® 4010 (decabromodiphenyl ethane) by $0.80/kg globally...

2011-04-28 08:25:00

New study reveals dangerous chemicals in carpet padding Obsolete California regulation to blame NEW YORK, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the first public study of its kind, a type of foam carpet pad commonly sold in the USA was demonstrated to contain flame retardant chemicals that raise concerns about human health. Lowered IQ's in children exposed in utero, infertility, and cancer are among health effects linked to exposure from these halogenated chemicals. U.S. samples...

2011-04-11 08:37:00

iGPS makes unexplained changes to published chemical amounts - numbers relevant in lawsuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the ongoing public policy debate on the use of the controversial flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS) has chosen to quietly lower the amount of that chemical - not in its millions of pallets, but in its data chart. Doing so in the midst of a lawsuit based on numbers iGPS has promoted...

2011-01-05 09:44:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association: With less than a month left to his 30-year career in the U.S. Senate, Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) took the time to fire off a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging the agency to notify "food manufacturers, transporters and retailers inspected by the FDA that plastic pallets containing decaBDE are inappropriate for...