Cancer Risk From Lumber Liquidators Flooring Worse Than Previously Thought

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:34pm Comments by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, @SzalABM

Selected types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators could pose a greater cancer risk than previously believed, federal health authorities announced last week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that an initial analysis of flooring containing formaldehyde used an incorrect ceiling height value, which led to airborne concentration estimates that were roughly three times lower than they should have been.
The revised study increased the estimated cancer risk from 2 to 9 cases per 100,000 people to 9 to 30 cases, although researchers said that the risk was likely lower due to the conservative models used in the analysis.
In addition, the revisions found that formaldehyde exposure could cause increased respiratory issues for those with asthma and COPD, and that exposure to the lowest levels in the model could cause eye, nose and throat irritation...