ELEVATE - Publication of EPA Research Project Report 343

EPA Project Research Report 343
Sep 30 2020 Posted: 12:00 CDT

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been used extensively in applications such as electrical goods, soft furnishings and building insulation foam.  

Dr Marie Coggins and Dr Nina Wemken from the School of Physics along with colleagues at the University of Birmingham have been working on the EPA research project, ELEVATE. ELEVATE measured selected BFRs and PFASs in indoor air and dust samples collected  from Irish homes, offices, cars and school classrooms. PFASs were also measured in samples of Irish tap water and bottled water. The same contaminants were measured in samples of human milk donated by Irish mothers. Project data facilitated an assessment of human exposure to these chemicals, allowing comparison with guidelines on human exposure developed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the revised European Union Drinking Water Directive. If you would like to learn more about POPs and Irish population exposure to POP-BFR and PFASs please read our project report at:  EPA Research Report 343

 

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