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An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) (Final)

Notice

EPA announces the release of the final report, An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers, as announced in a May 24, 2010 Federal Register Notice.

Report Information

This final report provides a comprehensive assessment of the exposure of Americans to this class of persistent organic pollutants. Individual chapters in this document address: the production, use, and lifecycle of PBDEs; environmental fate; environmental levels; and human exposure.

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Matthew Lorber
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Background

Cover of the PBDE Final Report EPA has an office-wide workgroup comprised of scientists from several program offices including the Offices of Pesticides, Prevention, and Toxic Substances, the Office of Water, and the Office of Research and Development, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, to study production, use, alternatives, environmental fate, exposure, and health effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). This PBDE Workgroup issued a project plan in 2006 that outlined projects in these areas. A description of the mission of the workgrop group, with a link to this project plan and recent status reports, can be found at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/pbde. This final report addresses the exposure assessment needs identified in that project plan.

History/Chronology

Dec 2008EPA released the draft report for public review and comment.
Feb 2009An independent contractor initiated a letter review of the draft report.
May 2010Following the external peer review and comments, EPA updated the report and released the final document.

Citation

U.S. EPA. An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) (Final). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-08/086F, 2010.

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