Science academy backs EPA view that formaldehyde causes cancer

A panel of top US scientists has backed a US Environmental Protection Agency draft toxicological risk assessment review that found formaldehyde, a chemical with broad industrial uses, to be a human carcinogen. However, the Aug. 9 report, by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), was challenged by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a trade association, even before it was publicly released.

The NAS review was commissioned by the EPA to assess the draft risk assessment, which was completed more than a year ago and was conducted through the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. The EPA’s assessment cites evidence that inhaling formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal cancer, sinonasal cancer, and myeloid leukemia in humans. If finalized, the IRIS assessment will serve as a benchmark for future formaldehyde-related regulations.

Much could turn on the formaldehyde risk assessment and subsequent regulation. By volume, formaldehyde is one of the nation’s highest-production chemicals. It is used in many wood products, such as cabinets, furniture, flooring, and particle board, as well as in permanent press clothing, cosmetics, paints, glues, and many household and consumer products. The ACC says formaldehyde-containing products support nearly 1 million workers and generate over half a trillion dollars in annual US sales.
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Prior news on the EPA report...

EPA is hiding proof that formaldehyde causes leukemia


“It’s my understanding that the EPA has finalized its conclusion that formaldehyde causes leukemia and other cancers,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told Pruitt. The EPA chief responded: “You know, my understanding is similar to yours.”


From the US EPA:  What should I know about Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality?  Highlights:

In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins.... Medium density fiberboard contains a higher resin-to-wood ratio than any other UF pressed wood product and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product....

...In homes with significant amounts of new pressed wood products, levels can be three times the amount of older homes.

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EPA Draws Link Between Low-Dose Formaldehyde Exposure and Cancer

April 14, 2022, U.S. EPA announces it will officially designate that Formaldehyde causes cancer, even in low doses over long periods of time....
...EPA’s 2018 National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) data, formaldehyde is one of the three air pollutants responsible for over 90 percent of the cancer risk related to air pollution in over a hundred census tracts...



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