|Brominated flame retardants in the environment - the price for our convenience?|
de Boer, J. (2004). Brominated flame retardants in the environment - the price for our convenience? Environ. Chem. 1(2): 81-85
In: Environmental Chemistry. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood, Vic.. ISSN 1448-2517 , more
Bromine; Geochemistry; Halogen compounds; Toxicants; Marine
This paper reviews information on the occurrence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in various environmental compartments. The lack of information on BFRs other than pentabrominated diphenylethers (pentaBDEs) is emphasized, as well as the need for better analytical methods and the need for more toxicological information on BFRs. Concern is expressed on the bioaccumulating properties of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). It is shown that decaBDE can accumulate in birds of prey, although the levels found are not particularly high. A parallel is drawn with the occurrence of other contaminants that are being found in our environment and foodstuffs, such as polyfluorinated sulphones, phthalates, alkylphenols, and others. These substances play a key role in our modern society, often for our convenience. However, a price may have to be paid by later generations if the consequences of their presence in the environment would be neglected.