Plan sought to re­duce flame re­tar­dant tox­ins in Great Lakes

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

TRA­VERSE CITY, MICH. >> A U.S.-Cana­dian agency says both na­tions should de­velop a plan for deal­ing with flame-re­tar­dant chem­i­cals that have turned up in the Great Lakes.

The chem­i­cals are poly­bromi­nated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. They’re found in elec­tronic de­vices, ap­pli­ances, car­pets and a va­ri­ety of other prod­ucts.

Many have been banned or are be­ing phased out. But they still are be­ing de­tected in the Great Lakes at lev­els that could en­dan­ger hu­man and wildlife health.

The International Joint Com­mis­sion ad­vises both na­tions on bound­ary wa­ter is­sues. It says a strat­egy should be de­vel­oped over the next year to re­duce the pres­ence of the chem­i­cals in the lakes.

The com­mis­sion says the plan should in­clude fur­ther re­stric­tions on mak­ing, us­ing or sell­ing the chem­i­cals and mea­sures for elim­i­nat­ing re­leases dur­ing re­cy­cling and dis­posal.

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