Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR) in the Nordic Environment

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The present report describe the results of screening analyses of the occurrence of ”new” brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in environmental samples from the Nordic countries. The aim of the screening was to establish whether, and if then to what extent, the non-polybrominated diphenyl eters BFRs are present at detectable levels in the environment. If the substances subjected for screening are found in amounts which are potentially harmful for the environment this will be followed up on national level. The Nordic screening project is run by a project group with representatives from the National Environmental Research Institute, University of Aarhus Denmark, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Environment and Food Agency of Iceland, the Environment Agency of the Faroe Islands, the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The project is supported by the Nordic Chemicals Group and the Aquatic Ecosystems Group as well as the participating institutions. The chemical analyses have been carried out jointly by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL).



Frame of the study

The occurrence and the environmental risk of chemicals are prioritized issues in several international legislative acts (e.g. the EUs Water framework directive, Registration Evaluation Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH), Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Convention on long-range trans-boundary air pollution – LRTAP) and there is a focus on emerging” chemicals in different research and monitoring programs.


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