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EPA Bans Consumer, but Not Worker, Uses of Deadly Solvent (2)

March 15, 2019, 6:19 PMUpdated: March 15, 2019, 8:24 PM

Paint and coating strippers that consumers buy will no longer be permitted to contain a potentially lethal solvent, the EPA’s top chemicals official said March 15.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rule (RIN: 2070-AK07) to “prohibit the manufacture, including import, processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use,” said Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention.

The EPA’s action would most directly affect companies such as Recochem Inc., Sprayway, Inc., and W.M. Barr & Company, Inc. that have made strippers containing methylene chloride. The rule would help...

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