Politicians are like weather vanes.
Our job is to make the wind blow.
~David Brower ~


Formaldehyde is a gas, formed during combustion, as part of various industrial processes, or, to a lesser extent, by many plants and animals. Manufactured products that may contain formaldehyde include resins, carpets, cleaning agents, cosmetics, paints, particle board, plywood, and other products.

Formaldehyde structural diagram
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Unfortunately, formaldehyde can have adverse health effects. U.S. EPA classifies it as a probable human carcinogen, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer classes it as a carcinogen.