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EPA Releases Draft Formaldehyde Assessment Report for Peer Review and Public Comment

Release Date: 06/01/2010
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway,, 202-564-3191, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release for independent peer review and public comment a draft human health assessment for formaldehyde that focuses on evaluating the potential toxicity of inhalation exposures to this chemical. Formaldehyde is widely used and can be found in many consumer products.

This assessment will help EPA and others to determine the level of risk it poses to Americans’ health. EPA undertook this assessment because there have been a number of potentially significant new studies published since EPA's last review of formaldehyde toxicity.

EPA’s draft formaldehyde assessment will be reviewed by an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences. EPA will consider all public comments on its draft and will use the guidance from the National Academy of Sciences as it completes its IRIS Health Assessment for Formaldehyde.

EPA will accept written comments on the draft assessment for 90 days after it appears in the Federal Register on June 2.

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