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EPA Rules to Control Deadly Paint Stripper Under White House Review (1)

Jan. 8, 2019, 1:49 PMUpdated: Jan. 8, 2019, 6:34 PM

Consumer and commercial uses of methylene chloride, a potentially deadly paint and coating stripper, would be controlled by the EPA under two rules being reviewed by the White House.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently sent a final rule that would restrict some consumer uses of methylene chloride to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The agency also sent OMB an advanced notice of a proposed rule to require worker training for companies that strip paints, varnishes, bathtubs, and other coatings using solvents containing methylene chloride.

OMB’s approval is needed before the EPA can publish either rulemaking, ...