EPA Will Send Final Methylene Chloride Rule to OMB “Shortly”
On May 10, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several upcoming actions on methylene chloride. Under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA is required to perform risk evaluations on the uses of ten specific chemicals, including methylene chloride. According to EPA, it is nearing completion of problem formulations for these first ten chemicals. EPA’s announcement states that it will send a final methylene chloride rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “shortly.” EPA notes that is not reevaluating the paint stripping uses of methylene chloride, and instead is relying on its previous risk assessments.
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