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EPA Evaluates Methylene Chloride

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On October 29, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation for methylene chloride (MC). It provides important insights into how the EPA is interpreting the new risk evaluation provisions of the new TSCA. We explain why and how below.Amended TSCA Section 6 requires the EPA to conduct risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance, under its conditions of use, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. The leading applications for MC include as a solvent in the production of pharmaceuticals and polymers, metal cleaning, production of…

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