Some Chemicals to Replace Toxic Paint Stripper Also Have Risks

March 12, 2019, 7:57 PM

The market for paint and coating strippers made without a toxic solvent called methylene chloride is about to grow bigger as the EPA stands poised to restrict the solvent in at least some consumer products.

A final rule restricting some consumer uses of the toxic methylene chloride in paint strippers will soon be released, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency told Bloomberg Environment on March 12.

The agency’s action follows announcements by at least 13 retailers including Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the Home Depot Inc., and Walmart Inc., that they would stop selling paint and coating strippers containing methylene ...

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