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High concentrations of fire retardant found in Nisqually River steelhead

High concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), have been found in steelhead trout in the Nisqually River system.

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Pollution in Puyallup River is harming salmon runs

The Puyallup River is the second most polluted in the Puget Sound area and its salmon runs are being harmed, which in turn hurts orcas. Scientists are studying where PCBs and other contaminants are coming from.
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A common household chemical may cause thyroid problems for cats

Many older cats suffer from health problems caused by a hyperactive thyroid, and while there's no single cause of the condition, hormone-disturbing chemicals in the environment are thought to be an important factor.

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Kids exposed to flame retardant PBDE are at risk for lifelong liver or cardiovascular problems

Brief exposure to a family of chemicals used as flame retardants early in life can permanently alter fat levels in the blood and liver, raising the risk of liver cancer and heart disease.
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Nisqually Tribe and Thurston Co. oppose biosolids site DNS

The Nisqually Indian Tribe and Thurston County are voicing opposition to a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) declared on a proposed biosolids application site in Yelm.
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When it comes to flame retardants, new chemicals, new problems

In the 2000s, California banned a class of toxic fire retardants called PBDEs, which were put in household items like furniture and electronics. But now the chemicals used to replace them may also be negatively impacting fish and humans.
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Good News: Toxic flame retardants declining in NYC kids’ blood

The levels of harmful flame retardants in children's blood are dropping every year, according to a new study of kids from New York City.

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It’s time to rethink chemical exposures —“safe” levels are doing damage: Study

We've all heard the old adage—"the dose makes the poison." Well—for many pollutants—it may be time to reexamine that.

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