National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
April 8, 2011
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft assessment of the potential health effects associated with formaldehyde exposure needs substantial revision, says a new report from the National Research Council. It finds that EPA supports its conclusions that formaldehyde can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat; lesions in the respiratory tract; genetic mutations; and cancers of the nose, nasal cavity, and upper throat. However, EPA’s conclusion that formaldehyde causes other cancers of the respiratory tract, leukemia, or several other noncancer health outcomes is not supported.
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