‘New’ flame retardants found in Norway’s Arctic animals

Two new generation brominated flame retardants have been detected at significant levels in Arctic wildlife by the Norwegian authorities. There are indications the products may already be widespread in the environment

Polar bearSeveral brominated flame retardants not previously recognised as environmental pollutants have been detected in Svalbard, Norway.1 Two chemicals were found in the majority of samples. Both are currently used in products made by Chemtura, AlphaGary, Unitex and other companies.

Flame retardants have attracted attention because many are environmentally persistent and toxic to wildlife.

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