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The Chemical Producer Lobby: Fighting to Keep Carcinogens In Your Home

The United States has concluded that formaldehyde causes cancer.  Despite this, companies that make formaldehyde are working hard to suppress this fact from Americans.  The 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Report of Carcinogens states: “Formaldehyde is known to be a human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans and supporting data on mechanisms of carcinogenesis.” Formaldehyde is present in nail polish, fabric softener, carpets, disinfectant and antimicrobial consumer products, and industrial resins used in adhesives and binders for composite wood products, paper products, plastics and synthetic fibers.

Chemical companies, through their trade organization, The American Chemistry Council, are trying to delay the issuance of regulations that would eliminate formaldehyde in products and materials consumers and employees are exposed to.

The New York Times reported:

The American Chemistry Council first got its pals in Congress to order a $1 million follow-up study on formaldehyde and styrene. Then it demanded, through a provision drafted by Representative Denny Rehberg, a Montana Republican, that no money be spent on another Report on Carcinogens until the follow-up was completed — meaning a four-year delay until the next report. Stay tuned for an industry effort to slip some such provision into the next budget legislation…

Last month, 76 scientists wrote a joint letter to Congress noting that the World Health Organization also listed formaldehyde as a known carcinogen, and styrene as a possible carcinogen. They defended the Report on Carcinogens as “consistent with international scientific consensus.”

‘The American Chemistry Council is working to delay and ultimately destroy’ the Report on Carcinogens, the scientists wrote.

Read more about this subject by reading the New York Times article on this subject, or the National Institute of Health Report.

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