Formaldehyde in Consumer Products? Urge the EPA to Keep Us Safe

Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical. Absolutely no one is contesting the health risks of exposure to this substance. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been trying for years to properly regulate formaldehyde, but they’ve consistently hit a wall of special interest lobbying.

Care2 is hosting a petition urging the EPA to stand up to these forces and finally regulate formaldehyde properly for the safety of our families. But it’s been a tough struggle for the EPA amid a cascade of oppositional forces to increased regulation.

First, it’s important to understand the actual, scientifically-proven danger posed by formaldehyde. To borrow an apt description of the chemical from The New York Times:

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can also cause respiratory ailments like asthma, but the potential of long-term exposure to cause cancers like myeloid leukemia is less well understood.”

Humans routinely tolerate low levels of formaldehyde in the air, and it occurs naturally. But manufactured products are known to often possess unsafe levels. From floors to furniture and the fabrics in your closet, formaldehyde is hiding in seemingly innocuous products throughout your home.

The public interest in formaldehyde came to a peak after a class-action settlement was made between various companies that manufactured the trailers used to house Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita victims. The trailers contained unacceptable levels of formaldehyde, causing numerous documented injuries, some with reports of fatality. The settlement was for $42.6 million.

Unfortunately, corporate interests are standing in the way of your family’s safety and have been for years. Lobbyists, especially from furniture companies, have exerted endless pressure on the EPA. While Republican resistance to increased regulation is to be expected, even Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, has pushed back on efforts to get the nation’s formaldehyde problem under control.

In 2010, legislation was expected to pass Congress with bipartisan support to finally address the dangers of formaldehyde levels in consumer products. But lobbyists reached out to the White House, which held a series of meetings in 2012. Administration officials were pressured to subvert the plans for better formaldehyde regulation, and it appears the EPA complied with the corporate interests over public health amid what was becoming an increasingly uphill battle.

Sign the petition urging EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to do the right thing and stand up to lobbyists and corporate bullies by protecting American families from dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

If you feel strongly about an issue in your community or the world, start a petition today and get help from Care2 members.

 

51 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

I found it and signed. This site causes some letters to not show up when typing a comment. It's time consuming and frustrating.

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Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

Where is he petition? I want to sign.

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc2 years ago

Thanks.

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Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

Petition already signed.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Ben Oscarsito
Ben O2 years ago

No Formaldehyde in my products, thanks very much. Signed the petition though.

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

No chemicals

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MJ J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Seems like the FDA might be given more authority here.

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa2 years ago

Thank you

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