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Deaths From Paint, Bathtub Strippers Prompt Threat to Sue EPA

Oct. 31, 2018, 10:59 PM

A chemical found in some paint strippers and other coating removers has killed or seriously injured dozens of people and should be banned, advocacy groups told the EPA in a letter announcing their intention to sue.

The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t acted to finalize a ban it proposed in January 2017 on the use of methylene chloride in paint and coatings removers, the groups wrote.

“Since then, at least four more people have died from exposure to MC paint removers,” the letter said.

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ...