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Flame-retardant chemicals can slow the spread of fire in homes and garments. But are these compounds naughty or nice? This week on Reactions, we ask whether old Saint Nick might want a flame-retardant suit...or choose to opt out.


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Credits:
Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Judy Lavelle
Scientific Consultants: Michelle Boucher, PhD; Brianne Raccor, PhD; Heather Stapleton, PhD; Vyto Babrauskas, PhD
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson



Music:
King on da beat - Christmas
Nouvelle Noel Kevin MacLeod
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Sources:
M Alaee, et al. An overview of commercially used brominated flame retardants, their applications, their use patterns in different countries/regions and possible modes of release. Environment International DOI: 10.1016/S0160-4120(03)00121-1 (20013).

S Hammel, et al. Associations between flame retardant applications in furniture foam, house dust levels, and residents’ serum levels. Environment international DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.07.015 (2017).

S Shaw, et al. Persistent organic pollutants including polychlorinated and polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in firefighters from Northern California. Chemosphere DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.070 (2013).

K Hoffman, et al. Exposure to flame retardant chemicals and occurrence and severity of papillary thyroid cancer: A case-control study. Environment International DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.06.021 (2017).


Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes

U.S. agency struggling with organohalogen flame retardants in consumer products: https://cen.acs.org/safety/consumer-safety/US-agency-struggling-organohalogen-flame/96/i38
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4528432/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569691/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/flame-retardants-in-consumer-products-are-linked-to-health-and-cognitive-problems/2013/04/15/f5c7b2aa-8b34-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html?utm_term=.f4cfd52f817a


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