The draft assessment, completed by EPA scientists shortly before the inauguration in 2017, shows that the inhalation of formaldehyde vapor puts people at risk of developing leukemia and other ailments, both a current and former agency official told Politico
The current and former agency officials told Politico the move is part of a campaign to undermine the EPA's independent research into the risks associated with toxic chemicals.
Though formaldehyde is found in everyday materials like wood and household products, it has been found to be highly toxic and may cause adverse health effects. The EPA considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen. However, this new draft assessment provides
evidence of ties to nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.
This report comes as EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on Thursday
amid months of ethics controversies. Andrew Wheeler
, the EPA's deputy administrator and former coal lobbyist, will assume the position upon Pruitt's departure.