Recent News Reports on Styrofoam
Following a report from the U.S . government on June 10, 2011 this is what is being reported.
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US Weighs Cancer Risk of Styrene and Formaldehyde (The New York Times)
Government scientists are expected today to declare styrene a likely human carcinogen, a move that manufacturers have long feared. Styrene is used to make those ubiquitous white foam coffee cups and food containers and is widely used in building materials.
Frequent and intense exposures in manufacturing plants are far more worrisome than the intermittent contact that most consumers have, but government scientists said that consumers should avoid contact with formaldehyde and styrene along with six other chemicals that were added yesterday to the government’s official Report on Carcinogens. Its release was delayed for years because of intense lobbying from the chemical industry, which disputed its findings.
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