Environment & Energy Report

Degreaser Could Harm Workers, Consumers, EPA Finds (2)

Aug. 9, 2019, 1:55 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2019, 7:26 PM

Some uses of a common degreaser would need to be controlled because the chemical poses too much risk of harming workers and consumers, the agency said in a draft risk evaluation released Aug. 9.

Workers cleaning electrical equipment and consumers dabbing spots on furniture to remove stains are among those who could encounter health and reproductive problems from their exposure to the chemical, a solvent called 1-bromopropane.

Companies including Albemarle Corp.; Chemtura Corp., now called Lanxess; Phoenix Chemical Co. Inc., now the Polymer Solutions Group; Superior Oil Co. Inc.; and Wego Chemical Group made or...

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