Volume 92 Issue 36 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 8, 2014 | Web Date: September 4, 2014

Toxics: EPA assessment of methylene chloride in paint strippers identifies health risks

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: methylene chloride, risk assessment, EPA, paint strippers

The primary ingredient in paint strippers—methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane—poses a risk of cancer, as well as neurological and liver problems, in workers exposed to the chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency says in an assessment released on Aug. 28. Consumers who use these products face short-term risks of neurological effects, according to the agency.

Methylene chloride is a volatile organic compound widely . . .

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