This week, under the newly reformed Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits on the use of two common chemicals in paint removers—methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). In response, Liz Hitchcock, Legislative Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, issued the following statement:

“We applaud EPA for today’s proposal to protect workers and consumers by phasing out two hazardous chemicals used in paint removers in favor of safer alternatives.   These chemicals expose millions of workers and consumers to unnecessary dangerous health risks including liver and central nervous system damage, cancers and even death.”

To learn more, please see our fact sheets about methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone.