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| Last Updated:: 01/04/2016

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen with known links to leukemia and rare nasopharyngeall cancers, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Formaldehyde is highly toxic regardless of method of intake. It is a potent allergen and genotoxin. Studies have linked spontaneous abortions, congenital malformations, low birth weights, infertility, and endometriosis to formaldehyde exposure. Epidemiological studies link exposure to formaldehyde to DNA alteration. It is also contributes to ground-level ozone.

 

Formaldehyde is commonly used in “fracking” — although, the industry does not report the details of its use. The designation of formaldehyde as a dangerous ingredient in fossil fuel production has been vigorously contested by the fossil fuel industry