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Flame Retardant Chemicals

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

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Flame Retardant Chemicals

July 25, 2017

Interviewee: Pam Miller

Flame retardant chemicals are added to consumer products, such as furniture, clothing, baby products, and coverings for electronic devices, to reduce their flammability. Brominated flame retardants are a common class of chemicals that have been used widely and are associated with negative health effects such as cancer, thyroid problems, and interfering with children’s brain development. Although many of these chemicals are being phased out of commercial use, they are incredibly persistent in the environment.

In this podcast, hear how researchers and advocates are working to reduce exposure to flame retardants in particularly vulnerable communities, and to communicate with decision makers to further protect human health.


Pamela Miller

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Pamela Miller is a biologist and co-chair of IPEN (International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network). In 2000, Miller founded Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which works to protect human health, water and air quality, and the natural environment by collaborating with affected communities. She is the Principal Investigator of a research team at ACAT working in collaboration with tribes in Alaska to address environmental health and justice issues.

Miller is also a leader in Coming Clean, a national network of groups concerned about policy reform for chemicals, and a Participant in Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental NeuroDevelopmental Risks). A s a renowned expert on persistent toxic chemicals and prominent voice of chemical reform, she has served on governmental organizations and advisory groups and played an instrumental role in both national and international policy decisions. 

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