EPA Finalizes Ban on Deadly Chemical in Paint Removers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule prohibiting the manufacture, processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use, according to a news release. The EPA first proposed banning the chemical in January 2017, determining the chemical placed consumers, workers, and bystanders at "unreasonable risk of injury." The chemical has been linked to more than 60 deaths since 1980 and is linked to lung cancer, liver cancer, neurotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity.
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