EPA stonewalls study exposing formaldehyde risks

Formaldehyde is the bad-smelling substance used in everything from taxidermied animals to fabric to furniture— it's found just about everywhere. So why has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency been suppressing a study that reveals that exposure to this ubiquitous chemical is more dangerous than once thought? The study suggests that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in everyday life to put them at risk of deadly conditions such as leukemia cancer of the nose and throat. According to a recent report by Politico, anonymous EPA whistleblowers outed the Trump administration for “stonewalling every step of the way” to appease chemical companies. The move certainly wouldn’t be out of character: Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt previously held up a damning study on nonstick chemicals that discredited the EPA’s safe-level recommendations.

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