CHICAGO (December 8, 2023) — On the heels of a lawsuit filed by the American Chemistry Council against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a group of senior researchers and risk analysts will discuss new findings that clarify whether or not existing research establishes a causal connection between formaldehyde and myeloid leukemias.

The lawsuit alleges the peer review of EPA’s draft assessment on formaldehyde was conducted improperly with lack of independence, transparency, and potential conflicts of interest—bringing the quality of the science into question.

The full findings of this new systematic review have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, and this will be the first time they are discussed publicly. Topics covered during this presentation will clarify the issue and should be considered by EPA before finalizing its upcoming assessment.

WHAT: Symposium on Interventional Probability of Causation with Potential Applications to Formaldehyde Leukemogenicity (as part of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2023 Annual Meeting; more details here)

WHEN: December 13, 2023, from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Meeting Room 16 in the Westin Washington, DC Downtown hotel


Anthony Russell, M.S., Stantec

Daniele Wikoff, Ph.D., ToxStrategies

Kenneth Mundt, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Margaret Murray, Ph.D., Center for Truth in Science

Melissa Vincent, Ph.D., ToxStrategies

Ted Simon, Ph.D., Ted Simon LLC

Tony Cox, Ph.D., Cox Associates and the University of Denver

William Thompson, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

The work on interventional causation takes place as part of a larger initiative called the Probability of Causation Project, a groundbreaking effort launched by the Center for Truth in Science to more objectively determine causation from observational study data. It is expected to have tremendous impact in areas of regulatory risk assessment and mass tort litigation. Members of the Project will discuss how their method compares with current practices, using results of the new state-of-the-science systematic review as a case study. If you would like to speak with a presenter, contact