FOIA Request Identifies — in EPA’s Own Words and Emails — Concern About Lack of Reform and Failure to Address Previous NASEM Recommendations Prior to Release of Latest Draft Formaldehyde Assessment
Year after year, industry has repeatedly called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reform its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program before issuing another draft formaldehyde assessment. Still, the IRIS program remains deficient.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has now validated what the troubled history of the draft formaldehyde IRIS assessment has long indicated—despite calls from industry and scientific experts, the EPA’s next draft assessment on formaldehyde will likely, again, fail to meet adequate standards for scientific rigor and impartiality.
Public documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal a troubling pattern of process irregularities, bias, and conflicts of interest — demonstrating the need for greater scrutiny and transparency.