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National Academies Buries the Lede in Review of EPA Formaldehyde Assessment

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n the press release for their recently released report on the EPA’s 2022 draft formaldehyde assessment under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) claimed that the EPA “follows the advice of prior National Academies reports and that its findings on hazard and quantitative risk are supported by the evidence identified.” Members of Congress applauded “the IRIS program on receiving this stamp of approval from the Academies.”

However, a closer read of the report reveals that the NASEM committee was constrained in what they reviewed and yet still raised dozens of substantive scientific and methodological criticisms of EPA’s work.  



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