EPA re­stricts use of toxic paint strip­per

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – New York Times

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency on Fri­day re­stricted the use of a toxic chem­i­cal used in paint strip­pers that has been linked to dozens of ac­ci­den­tal deaths.

But the agency stopped short of the to­tal ban pro­posed by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and pushed by some health groups, in­stead al­low­ing com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors to keep us­ing the chem­i­cal so long as they are trained.

Alexan­dra Dunn, as­sis­tant ad­min­is­tra­tor of the EPA’s Of­fice of Chem­i­cal Safety and Pol­lu­tion Pre­ven­tion, said the agency has de­ter­mined that methy­lene chlo­ride – a con­tro­ver­sial prod­uct that ma­jor home-im­prove­ment re­tail­ers, such as Lowe’s and Home De­pot, al­ready have pulled from their shelves – presents “an un­rea­son­able risk of in­jury.”

“We an­swered the call from many af­fected fam­i­lies, to en­sure that no other fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences the death of some­one close to them due to this chem­i­cal,” Dunn told re­porters in a con­fer­ence call.

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