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Restrictions on Paint Stripper Coming Soon After EPA Reopens

Jan. 16, 2019, 7:08 PM

The EPA will restrict uses of the sometimes deadly paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride as soon as possible once the agency receives funding, acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Jan. 16.

The Environmental Protection Agency had hoped to publish its rule (RIN: 2070-AK07) last week but can’t, because the Federal Register is closed as a result of the government shutdown, Wheeler told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the hearing on his nomination to lead the agency.

“It’s ready to go as soon as the Federal Register opens,” Wheeler told Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who said ...