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Fire Retardants in Toddlers and Their Mothers

Levels Three Times Higher in Toddlers Than Moms

September 4, 2008

Fire Retardants in Toddlers and Their Mothers: Study Participants

Environmental Working Group's study of fire retardants in toddlers and their mothers included 20 families from 16 cities in 11 U.S. states. Many of our study participants are pictured below.

Key:
Mother's PBDE level (ppb)
Child's PBDE level (ppb)
ppb = parts per billion in blood lipids


Silhouette picture of mother and daughter   Picture of Maija and Eva   Picture of Tess and Nicholas
 
20 Moms [average PBDE level = 25 ppb]
20 children
[average PBDE level = 62 ppb]
children's ages =
1 to 4
  Maija [63 ppb] &
Eva [84 ppb]
Taos, NM
Attorney
Eva's age = 2
  Tess [12 ppb] &
Nicolas [26 ppb]
Portland, OR
Lecturer in Microbiology
Nicolas' age = 3
 
Picture of Laura and Naomi   Picture of Teri and Natalie   Picture of Tracy and Zade
 
Laura [12 ppb] &
Naomi [79 ppb] &
Lea [not tested]
Boston, MA
Urban Planner
Naomi's age = 4
  Teri [16 ppb] &
Natalie [25 ppb]
San Francisco, CA
Attorney
Natalie's age = 3.5
  Tracy [24 ppb] &
Zade [82 ppb]
Missoula, MT
Registered Nurse
Zade's age = 2
 
Picture of Kristi and Stella   Picture of Katrina and Ruby   Picture of Greta and Tavin
 
Kristi [results not disclosed] &
Stella [results not disclosed]
San Francisco, CA
Director of Communications, Forest Ethics
Stella's age = 2.5
  Katrina [17 ppb] & Ruby [113 ppb]
Oakland, CA
Web Designer
Ruby's age = 4
  Greta [74 ppb] & Tavin [71 ppb]
Seattle, WA
Stay at Home Mom
Tavin's age = 3.5
 
Picture of Bronwyn and Teo   Picture of Hillary and Brynn   Picture of Susan, Louis, and Ella
 
Bronwyn [13 ppb] & Teo [69 ppb]
Riverside, CA
Assistant Professor
Teo's age = 2
  Hillary [16 ppb] &
Brynn [54 ppb]
Colorado Springs, CO
Lecturer
Brynn's age = 4
  Susan [17 ppb] &
Louis [54 ppb] & Ella [not tested]
Washington, DC
Non-Profit Fundraiser
Louis' age = 4
 
Picture of Laurie and Conner   Picture of Erika and Hannelore   Picture of Mary and Olivia
 
Laurie [22 ppb] &
Conner [36 ppb]
Missoula, MT
University Faculty
Conner's age = 3.5
  Erika [19 ppb] & Hannelore [37 ppb] Seattle, WA
Staff Scientist, Washington Toxics Coalition
Hannelore's age = 3.5
  Mary [31 ppb] &
Olivia [70 ppb]
Alameda, CA
Co-Founder and Director, Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS)
Olivia's age = 2
 
Picture of Jennifer and Elijah   Picture of Liz and Evan
 
Jennifer [27 ppb] & Elijah [96 ppb]
Helena, MT
Attorney
Elijah's age = 3
  Liz [10 ppb] &
Evan [34 ppb]
Clinton, CT
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Evan's age = 2