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Advocates Sue to Ban Methylene Chloride in Paint Strippers (2)

Jan. 14, 2019, 7:46 PMUpdated: Jan. 14, 2019, 9:33 PM

Methylene chloride-based paint and coating strippers must be banned by the EPA to prevent people from dying, a coalition of environmental groups and the parents of two young men who died from exposure to that solvent say in a lawsuit filed Jan. 14.

The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the Toxic Substances Control Act by allowing a chemical the agency knows can be deadly to remain on the market, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and parents told the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.

The nation’s primary industrial chemicals ...