Review of the Styrene Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens (2014)Board on Environmental Science and Toxicology
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In 2011, the National Toxicology Program listed styrene as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" in its 12th Report on Carcinogens. Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to request the National Academy of Sciences to review independently the substance profile of styrene and its listing in the Report on Carcinogens. This report presents the findings and conclusions of the committee formed in response to the congressional request. After conducting a scientific review of the styrene assessment presented in the Report on Carcinogens, the committee finds that the overall conclusion reached by the National Toxicology Program in 2011, that styrene is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen," is appropriate.