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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Congressional corruption continues in blocking proper regulation of carcinogens

For decades Congressmen bought and paid for by the formaldehyde industry have prevented this chemical from being properly labeled as a carcinogen and properly regulated to protect human health. Now that tradition continues with a Congressman from Montana who has put a rider on legislation that would remove funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) biennial Report on Carcinogens, a report mandated report by Congress that compiles existing and new research on carcinogens and supplies a list of chemicals with known and suspected links to cancer.

Forbes reports that, "The report sources its information and list from peer reviewed studies and is independently audited in its entirety before being published every other year. It is not linked to regulation of chemicals in any way, but that’s a whole separate issue.

"The issue at hand today is funding for the report, which Representative Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is attempting to block via a budget rider until the NIH complies with a 2012 congressional directive to have the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) conduct a review of formaldehyde and styrene and the Report on Carcinogens assessment of them. Environmental health advocates, and NIH staffers themselves, have argued that the report is already audited and comprised of peer-reviewed data, making an additional assessment unnecessary, but the directive stands. Now Rehberg wants to see funding for the Report on Carcinogens halted until the NAS assessment comes through, which could take as long as five years."