CHE-Alaska Teleconference recorded March 21, 2012

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About the Call:

Researcher Ami Zota, ScD and nationally-recognized environmental health leader Kathy Curtis discuss the adverse health effects of exposure to PBDEs and what we can do to prevent exposures. As of 2012, more than twelve states had already banned these toxic flame retardant chemicals. This call summarized what’s happening in Alaska and how you can support Alaska House Bill 63 which follows the lead of other states and would ban the importation of consumer products containing PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), toxic flame retardant chemicals found in some electronics, furniture foams, fabrics and kitchen appliances. They are not permanently bound to products and are released into our homes, workplaces and the outdoor environment. PBDEs are persistent, bioaccumulative environmental contaminants and are largely unregulated in the United States. People are exposed in multiple ways, including contaminated air, household dust and foods. PBDEs interfere with thyroid function, cause problems with brain development, and disrupt learning, memory and behavior. Babies are exposed in their mother’s womb and through breast milk.


Ami Zota, ScD, postdoctoral fellow, University of California San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health & Environment

Kathy Curtis, Executive Director, Clean and Healthy New York


San Antonio Statement (PDF)

Prenatal Exposure to PBDEs and Neurodevelopment EHP 118:712-719