Expert team investigation of brominated flame retardants in Minsk

Foundation for Realization of Ideas (Belarus)

The activity assembled an expert team of NGO and government personnel to work on this groundbreaking study, which provided the first data on brominated flame retardants in Belarus. Personnel included representatives of FRI, a representative of the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Public Health, and representatives of Arnika (Czech Republic) and Eco-Accord (Russia) as Steering Committee consultants. The report provides information on characteristics of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and analytical testing results on samples collected from an apartment, office and computer club. The report highlights the potential importance of the problem related to PBDEs in the Minsk area. The investigation is timely, especially because Norway proposed the addition of pentabromodiphenyl ether (PentaBDE) to the Convention list of substances in 2005.

 

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