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Lowe’s Is First Retailer to Pull Methylene Chloride Paint Stripper

May 29, 2018, 8:38 PM

Lowe’s will stop selling methylene chloride, and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)-based paint strippers by the end of 2018, the company announced May 29.

Methylene chloride is a toxic chemical known to cause cancer and has been linked to three deaths since last October. All three involved men who died after being overcome by fumes while working with methylene-chloride-based paint strippers in enclosed spaces.

“We care deeply about the health and safety of our customers, and great progress is being made in the development of safer and more effective alternatives,” said Mike McDermott, Lowe’s chief customer officer.

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