On May 10, the EPA announced that it intends to finalize a proposed rule concerning the use of the chemical methylene chloride. Methylene chloride is a clear, volatile liquid used in paint and coating removal applications. In January 2017, EPA proposed to ban the chemical’s consumer and commercial paint-stripping uses. In its announcement, EPA stated that it is not going to reevaluate the paint-stripping uses of methylene chloride, that it will rely on its previous risk assessments, and that it intends to send the final rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review shortly. This is the first action EPA is taking to regulate the use of a chemical under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) risk management provisions since Congress passed the Lautenberg Act amending TSCA in 2016.
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