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California Targets Toxic Chemicals in Paint, Varnish Strippers

Dec. 29, 2018, 12:01 AM

Manufacturers of paint and varnish strippers that contain a toxic chemical blamed for at least 56 deaths will have to alter their products if they want to sell them in California come the new year.

As of Jan. 1, manufacturers selling solvents with methylene chloride must find safer alternatives for their paint and varnish strippers or remove the chemical altogether.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control added the chemical in December to its Safer Consumer Products program, which requires manufacturers to conduct science-based studies of their products to see if there are safer chemical compositions.

Manufacturers have until March ...