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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cancer research donor fights designation of formaldehyde as carcinogen

Jane Mayer with the New Yorker has reported that "at the same time that David Koch has been casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E.P.A. from classifying formaldehyde, which the company produces in great quantities, as a “known carcinogen” in humans."
While research has shown people exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia, Koch Industries has been a large funder of members of Congress who have stymied the EPA., requiring it to defer new regulations until more studies are completed, Mayer's reports.
Ironically, David Koch has had prostate cancer--which is an epidemic in this country because of toxic chemical exposure--but did not recuse himself from the National Cancer Advisory Board, or divest himself of company stock, while his company was directly lobbying the government to keep formaldehyde on the market.
Koch Industries subsidiaries have given major campaign contributions to the Formaldehyde Senator David Vitter of LA, and also to James Inhofe, R-Okla., both of whom have worked hard to to make sure the poisoning continues.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=10#ixzz0xcoROqDa