PBDEs
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
A.K.A. "Miss Slow Burn"


Accused of: Impairing attention, learning, memory and behavior; disrupting thyroid function.

Last seen: As a flame retardant in products including furniture, textiles, carpets, and electronic equipment. Also found in household dust and (consequently) found in human breast milk, fatty tissue and blood. Also present in sewage sludge and widely distributed on agricultural land (it's unclear whether PBDEs keep sludge from burning)...

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