SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers say a decade of restrictions on flame retardants have paid off for wildlife and humans living in and around the San Francisco Bay.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1D1Ipdl ) that in 2003 California started regulating certain chemicals used to prevent furniture and household items from burning. The newspaper says the bay once charted the highest worldwide pollution levels of the toxin.
Rebecca Sutton, a researcher and a senior scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, says the state's regulation is directly linked to a sharp decline in the chemicals found in Bay Area birds, shellfish and fish.
The research says the chemicals also threatened the health of pregnant women and development of their children.
Myrto Petreas of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control says the ban works.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com