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EPA Ignores Worker Safety in Decision on Paint-Stripper Chemical

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will allow methylene chloride, a dangerous chemical that can kill a person on contact, to remain an ingredient in paint-stripper products for commercial use while banning those products for sale to consumers. The decision is a significant retreat from a ban on the chemical for both commercial and consumer use, proposed by the EPA more than two years ago. The EPA announced its final rule under the recently strengthened Toxic Substances Control Act. The rule will restrict the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers used by consumers but continue allowing it in products used for commercial purposes. Read more.....



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