Flame Retardant Transfers from U.S. Households (Dust and Laundry Wastewater) to the Aquatic Environment

Levels of flame retardants in house dust and a transport pathway from homes to the outdoor environment were investigated in communities near the Columbia River in Washington state (WA). Residential house dust and laundry wastewater were collected from 20 homes in Vancouver and Longview, WA and analyzed for a suite of flame retardants to test the hypothesis that dust collecting on clothing and transferring to laundry water is a source of flame retardants to wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and subsequently to waterways. (…)

Erika D. Schreder, Mark J. La Guardia, Environ. Sci. Technol., Vol. 48 (19), pp 11575–11583, 2014

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