BDE-209 in the Australian environment: desktop review

English, Karin, Toms, Leisa-Maree L., Gallen, Christie and Mueller, Jochen F. (2016) BDE-209 in the Australian environment: desktop review. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 320 194-203. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.08.032

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Author English, Karin
Toms, Leisa-Maree L.
Gallen, Christie
Mueller, Jochen F.
Title BDE-209 in the Australian environment: desktop review
Journal name Journal of Hazardous Materials   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-3336
Publication date 2016-12-15
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.08.032
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 320
Start page 194
End page 203
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2305 Environmental Engineering
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Abstract The commercial polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardant mixture c-decaBDE is now being considered for listing on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. The aim of our study was to review the literature regarding the use and detection of BDE-209, a major component of c-decaBDE, in consumer products and provide a best estimate of goods that are likely to contain BDE-209 in Australia. This review is part of a larger study, which will include quantitative testing of items to assess for BDE-209. The findings of this desktop review will be used to determine which items should be prioritized for quantitative testing. We identified that electronics, particularly televisions, computers, small household appliances and power boards, were the items that were most likely to contain BDE-209 in Australia. Further testing of these items should include items of various ages. Several other items were identified as high priority for future testing, including transport vehicles, building materials and textiles in non-domestic settings. The findings from this study will aid in the development of appropriate policies, should listing of c-decaBDE on the Stockholm Convention and Australia's ratification of that listing proceed.
Keyword DecaBDE
Flame retardants
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
Stockholm convention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DE120100161
Institutional Status UQ

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