The Air We Breathe
We recruited 10 prominent Washington residents—elected officials, members of the media, a firefighter, a social services leader, and environmental experts—and asked them to take a personal air sample to measure the flame retardants in the air they breathe.
The results of this testing show us we can’t avoid exposure to dangerous flame retardants: we take them in through life’s most basic act, breathing.
The Testing Results
- Toxic flame retardants were in each of the ten participants’ air samples.
- Even though they are phased out, we are still breathing the neurotoxic PBDE flame retardants: they were in every air sample.
- Cancer-causing chlorinated Tris flame retardants were found in the highest concentration, and every participant’s sample indicated exposure to at least one.
- The PBDE replacement chemicals found in the Firemaster flame retardant (known as TBB and TBPH) were in half of the personal air samples.
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