Washington, DC—This morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final risk evaluation for Methylene Chloride—finding unreasonable risk of injury from 47 of 53 uses examined, including the use of methylene chloride in paint and coating removers.
Minnesota is now the first state to ban the use of toxic TCE in any facility required to have a state-issued air permit. At the same time, EPA fails to protect the public against toxic TCE, despite years of research showing its harmful impacts on human health. Trump EPA official Nancy Beck fought regulation of toxic TCE for most of her career, and yet, President Trump has nominated her to chair an important consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
As we all navigate the rapid changes and uncertainty of this challenging time, the need to keep our social distance has certainly altered the way we work—but it has not changed the urgency of the work that we do to protect Americans’ health from toxic chemicals.
If anything, we know it’s now more important than ever – people whose immune systems are compromised because they are suffering from cancers and other underlying illnesses that have been connected to toxic chemicals (like PFAS) are among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.
But we heard loud and clear last week: the Trump administration is not letting up on its anti-regulatory agenda during the pandemic.