Levels of toxic flame retardants decline in San Francisco Bay

Jan 12, 2015

Water view at Don Edwards, San Francisco Bay
Credit public domain

It’s good news for the bay. Scientists have spotted a steep decline in the levels of toxic flame-retardant chemicals. 

Researchers at the San Francisco Estuary Institute were pleased to recently announce [PDF] that levels of PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) have declined dramatically since a state-enacted ban.

PBDEs have been shown to bioaccumulate and be toxic both to humans and wildlife. More on PBDEs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.