After David Koch Leaves NIH Board, NIH Hands Down Long-Delayed Classification Of Top Koch Pollutant As A Carcinogen
By Lee Fang on Jun 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Large manufacturers and chemical producers have lobbied ferociously to stop the National Institutes of Health from classifying formaldehyde as a carcinogen. A wide body of research has linked the chemical to cancer, but industrial polluters have stymied regulators from action.

Last year, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer reported that billionaire David Koch, whose company Georgia Pacific (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) is one of the country’s top producers of formaldehyde, was appointed to the NIH cancer board at a time when the NIH delayed action on the chemical. The news was met with protests from environmental groups. Faced with mounting pressure from Greenpeace and the scientific community, Koch left offered an early resignation from the board in October.

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2 Comments to “After David Koch leaves NIH board, NIH classifies formaldehyde—a big Koch product—as a cause of cancer”

  • Have worked in the medical community for 30+ years and we have all known that formaldehyde is a carcinogen. I thought it was common knowledge…

  • Ms. Barclay is 100% accurate. It is utilized in preserving removed tissues in surgery that are being sent to pathology. You want to stop any decay of the tissues and formaldehyde has been used for that purpose for decades. It was used in the building industries as part of insulation for years. Fortunately it is either completely banned or is on its way out. It is common knowledge that it is a serious carcinogen. I would never live next to a plant where this was produced.

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