A timeline of EPA's recent work on methylene chloride:
- In 2014, EPA addressed the paint stripping uses in its risk assessment.
- In January 2017, EPA proposed prohibiting the consumer and commercial paint stripping uses for methylene chloride.
- In June 2017, EPA announced that it will not re-evaluate the paint stripping uses of methylene chloride.
Based on this work, EPA is announcing three updates:
- EPA intends to finalize the methylene chloride rulemaking;
- EPA is not re-evaluating the paint stripping uses of methylene chloride and is relying on its previous risk assessments; and
- EPA is working to send the finalized rulemaking to OMB shortly.
For more information on TSCA implementation, visit: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/frank-r-lautenberg-chemical-safety-21st-century-act-5