EPA - Listing Formaldehyde as a "High Priority" Chemical
September 2019: the EPA listed formaldehyde as a "high" priority" chemical for review under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and launched a formal risk evaluation in December 2019. Formaldehyde is used at low levels in some poultry and swine feeds for salmonella control.In April 2020, EPA completed an initial step in the risk evaluation process. EPA published for public comment the draft scope in April 2020. EPA will accept comments in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0438 for 45 days following publication of the Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of the draft scope before finalizing the scope of formaldehyde.
EPA has up to three years to assess formaldehyde along with other substances in its current "high priority" bin of 20 chemicals. The primary question the EPA will ultimately be required to answer is whether formaldehyde presents an "unreasonable risk" to human health and the environment under various conditions of use. The risk evaluation will identify specific use conditions (ie. occupational settings, consumer products) for the chemical and then determine whether any use restrictions are necessary.
Read the Draft Scope of the Risk Evaluation for Formaldehyde