"Delayed Formaldehyde Critique by Science Advisers Set to Begin"

"An EPA analysis of formaldehyde, which is used to make hundreds of industrial and consumer products, will begin to get a long-delayed critique by independent scientists on Wednesday.

A panel of scientists convened by the nation’s top science adviser, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will hold its first meeting to review a revised formaldehyde assessment the Environmental Protection Agency released in April. The National Academies’ rigorous reviews often take more than a year to complete.

Long-term exposures to small amounts of formaldehyde increase the risk of rare head and neck tumors, leukemia, and other adverse health effects, according to the EPA.

The information about formaldehyde, if finalized, will be used by EPA and state regulators to set air emissions limits, decide whether uses of the chemical must be controlled, and make other decisions that affect companies’ bottom lines and human health."

Pat Rizzuto reports for Bloomberg Environment October 11, 2022.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/12/2022