EPA Indicates It Will Impose Paint Stripper Ban

May 15, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency signals it will finalize a proposed Obama-era ban on a toxic chemical found in some paint strippers.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that it will follow through on a proposed Obama-era ban on a toxic chemical found in paint strippers, according to an article from The Washington Post. The chemical, methylene chloride, is used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers to remove paint and is reportedly linked to dozens of deaths. 

The ban was first proposed during the waning days of Obama’s second term and, after a December delay by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, looked to be headed for the trash bin, according to the article. Since that time, Democratic lawmakers and a variety of health and environmental advocacy groups alongside the families of individuals who reportedly died from exposure to the chemical, have sought to save the measure. Advocates are cautiously optimistic that the agency will honor its intention to finalize the ban.

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