Formaldehyde’s True Risks

When the EPA determines that a chemical is toxic to humans, regulatory limits are not far behind. That, say former agency officials, is one reason a 2017 EPA assessment of formaldehyde was never released.
Current formaldehyde regulations are based on a 1991 assessment linking the chemical to nasopharyngeal cancer. The 2017 assessment shows that the chemical also causes myeloid leukemia, and the combined cancer risk could be 4.5X higher than the value in the 1991 report.
Former EPA officials say Trump administration officials, working closely with the American Chemistry Council, thwarted the assessment’s release.
The draft assessment now has a September 2022 release date. Only after it’s finalized will formaldehyde’s 30-year-old regulations also get another look.
The Intercept

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