The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final risk assessments for dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[γ]-2-benzopyran (HHCB). The risk assessment conducted on DCM, a chemical widely used in paint stripping products, determined that there are health risks to workers and consumers who use these products and to other people in the workplace or residences where it is used. EPA is in the process of considering whether to implement voluntary or regulatory actions to address the concerns that DCM presents. The agency also plans to hold a workshop as part of the process.
The risk assessments conducted on ATO, used as a synergist in flame retardants, and HCCB, used as a fragrance ingredient, did not indicate any cause for concern.
For more information on EPA’s assessment of TSCA work plan chemicals, visit their website.