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EPA To Leave Lethal Paint Stripper Chemical Legal for Workers

The Trump administration is likely to allow methylene chloride, a dangerous chemical that can kill a person on contact, to remain an ingredient in paint stripper products for commercial use. The decision would be a significant retreat from a ban on the chemical for both commercial and consumer use proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency two years ago.  At the end of December, the EPA sent a draft final rule on methylene chloride to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The exact details of the draft rule are unknown, but it appears it would ban consumer uses of methylene chloride but allow its continued use for commercial purposes.  Read more...



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