UK fish, rivers heavily polluted with brominated flame retardants

River sediments and fish are heavily contaminated with brominated flame retardants (BFRs) downstream of sites where they are manufactured or used, according to a study sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). 1 Rivers downstream of a Great Lakes Chemical works were particularly polluted and fish "amongst the most highly contaminated" ever reported. The results reflect a failure by regulators to control discharges from the site under integrated pollution control (IPC).

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