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Moms, Workers Sue EPA for Alleged Flaws in Paint Stripper Rule

April 19, 2019, 9:51 PM

The EPA’s final rule barring the production and sale of some paint strippers that contain a sometimes deadly solvent fails to protect public health, two mothers and nonprofit groups said in two lawsuits filed in the same federal court.

Petitioners Lauren Atkins and Wendy Hartley each lost a son following his exposure to a paint or coating stripper containing methylene chloride. Vermont Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., are joining Atkins and Harley in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s March rule (RIN 2070–AK07).

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