By Jonathan Tilove
June 01, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency will release on Wednesday its draft assessment of the human health effects of formaldehyde, opening a 90-day public comment period.
The assessment will help EPA and others to determine the potential toxicity of being exposed to and inhaling formaldehyde, which is found in many consumer products. Concerns about formaldehyde exposure grew dramatically in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when many people living in FEMA trailers after the storm reported respiratory and other health problems from prolonged exposure to formaldehyde.
The EPA draft, which will be published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, is also being peer reviewed by an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences, which will have nine months to return its evaluation of the draft to EPA.
The National Academy panel will hold its first meeting on Monday in Washington. It is open to the public. The panel is chaired by Jonathan Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, who is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. The vice chair is Andrew Olshan, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
How Senator Vitter Battled the EPA Over Formaldehyde’s Link to Cancer
FEMA trailer safety debated by Congress as public sale continues – “…consensus on the committee seemed to be leaning heavily toward “environmental time bombs,”…
Dr. Corey Hebert Testifies Before Congress On Safety Of FEMA Trailers – Dr. Hebert has worked tirelessly to inform the public of the dangers of formaldehyde exposure in high concentrations in FEMA issued trailers
FEMA Using US Chamber Fraud in Katrina Trailer Litigation; EPA, GAO & Both Isle$ of Congre$$ Turn Blind Eye$
Toxic Trailors.com – Toxic Court (Louisiana) stacks deck against formaldehyde victims
New Orleans family loses FEMA trailer suit & Why CDC Responded With ‘Lack of Urgency’ to Formaldehyde Warnings – top government officials worried about lawsuits from the beginning
Idiots in Louisiana Auctioning (Livingston-based Henderson Auctions) 400 FEMA Trailers bought from the U.S. General Services Administration & The Advocate – WBRZ News 2 is there & mentions absolutely nothing of the controversy (katrina) & health risks!!!
Video – Katrina cottages from Mississippi – flooded during Gustav & Ike – to be auctioned in Louisiana – warnings of mold
The high cost of FEMA’s learning curve
Children from FEMA Trailers Battle Serious Health Problems
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirms link between formaldehyde and leukemia
TRUTH OUT Sharon Kramer Letter To Andrew Saxon MOLD ISSUE
Action Group Asks U of CA To Take Name Off US Chamber Medico-Legal Publication
Regents of the University of California acknowledge imprimatur on 2003 US Chamber of Commerce medico-legal publication
National Apartment Association Tells Its Members MOLD CAUSES DEATH; Tells Courts It Doesn’t With The Help of US Chamber and UCLA
New Action Committee – ACHEMMIC- Urges Transparency in EPA Policy Over Mold & Microbial Contaminants
Truth About Mold – the most up to date, accurate, and reliable information on Toxic Mold
Sociological Issues Relating to Mold: The Mold Wars
Certain Corporate and Government Interests Have Spent Huge Sums of Money and Resources DENYING THE TRUTH about the HEALTH EFFECTS of TOXIC MOLD
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information about Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana allowing tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of toxins from molds by intentionally concealing evidence
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in
Riverstone Residential Litigation
Thank you for this. I saw that you posted an item about CNN”s “Toxic America” special, too, so you probably saw the CNN story about formaldehyde being one of the five chemicals that are everywhere.
Here’s a link to the text version of the Federal Register notice, Draft Toxicological Review of Formaldehyde In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System. The actual document is at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris_drafts/recordisplay.cfm?deid=223614.
To make a comment on the document it looks like you will need to go to Regulations.gov and use Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0396 to look up the actual document.
I’ve posted numerous blog entries about chemical exposure on my blog starting with a post about the CDC Fourth National Report on Human Exposure.
Thank you for highlighting all of these environmental health issues.