Environment & Energy Report

EPA Move on Chemical Rules Impedes Potential Biden Action (2)

Jan. 14, 2021, 3:27 PM; Updated: Jan. 14, 2021, 7:57 PM

The EPA is withdrawing three Obama-era proposed chemical rules, making it harder for the incoming Biden administration to quickly restrict three hazardous solvents.

One industry group said the Environmental Protection Agency’s action was unexpected, but that it nonetheless welcomed the decision. Labor, consumer, and environmental groups assailed it.

The EPA on Thursday said it’s withdrawing older rules as of Friday that proposed to ban and/or restrict a few uses of three solvents that pose unreasonable risks: trichloroethylene (TCE), methylene chloride, and n-methylpyrrolidone, or NMP.

The agency instead is pursuing broader rules for the solvents, the agency said in the notice....

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