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Group Sues to Make EPA Immediately Ban Paint Remover Chemical

Feb. 19, 2019, 8:59 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must implement immediately a ban on a deadly chemical found in commercial paint strippers, a Feb. 19 complaint in the Southern District of New York asserts.

Methylene chloride has already killed more than 50 people since 1980, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement says. According to the complaint, at least four people have died from exposure since the EPA proposed a ban in January 2017.

The EPA proposed to ban methylene chloride under the Toxic Substances Control Act, but hasn’t finalized the ban.

The agency found that the chemical creates “an unreasonable risk of ...

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