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By Margaret Morales & Gretchen Kroeger In my last post I wrote about the Stockholm Convention Treaty for the international regulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The United States remains one of a handful of countries that has not ratified the Treaty. One key reason for this is that several […]

Safety Standards and Weighing Risks


By Eileen Thorsos In my hotel room in Atlanta, the tag under the desk chair told me that my chair met California’s old TB 117. In order to meet that flammability standard, the foam inside the chair I sat on as I drafted this blog post must have had flame […]

The future of furniture’s secret ingredients


By Dr. Ed Levin   The Neural and Behavioral Toxicity Assessment (NBTA) Core here at Duke is headquartered in my lab in an old garage in downtown Durham that has been renovated inside to be a state of the art animal neurobehavioral test facility. As the name implies, the NBTA […]

Mechanism meets behavior – NBTA style




Firemaster 550 is a chemical cocktail of brominated and organo-phosphorus flame retardants produced by Chemtura Corp. On its website, Chemtura’s flame retardant business president, Anne Noonan, talks about Firemaster 550’s use in polyurethane foam cushions in furniture and it’s ability to save lives and enhance public safety. Firemaster 550 came […]

Firemaster 550: the concern, the science, and the media


In case you missed it, it’s October(blog)fest here at the Duke Superfund Research Center. That means we’re going to be writing a LOT of posts all on a related topic – the effects of flame retardant chemicals on learning and behavior. Earlier this week one of our trainees (trainee=code for […]

What do flame retardants have to do with maternal and ...