The following blog is a segment of a three part series regarding EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.
Part II: The Truth
Media stories, fueled by false claims, have painted a picture that EPA has concluded there is a link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia, and that “industry” is trying to cover it up. The truth is that industry has consistently called for any formaldehyde assessment to use transparent, science-based standards and has diligently supported peer-reviewed published studies that improve our understanding of formaldehyde and potential human health risk.
For decades, industry has invested tens of millions of dollars to ensure that the products of chemistry are safe for you, our communities, and the environment. Contrary to the implication that industry is trying to block chemical assessments, we remain committed to conducting scientific research and advocating for science-based regulation of the groundbreaking products that come from chemistry.
The IRIS program has a troubling history in its approach to performing scientific assessments, including releasing draft conclusions before they could be fully vetted by EPA program office scientists and other federal agency scientists. When it comes to critically important issues like public health, we should be able to rely on programs with sound, science standards and processes.
EPA’s IRIS program has been criticized for years for producing substandard reports. In fact, the initial draft assessment of formaldehyde released in 2010 was widely criticized by the scientific community, including the National Academy of Sciences, for its lack of transparent and consistent scientific standards.
If you want to know the truth about formaldehyde, read the facts: