On March 15, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a signed final rule that prohibits the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal. Additionally, EPA is soliciting public input for a future rulemaking that could establish a training, certification, and limited access program as an option for risk management for all of the commercial uses of methylene chloride in paint and coating removal. EPA requests comment on the key elements required for such a program. Upon publication of the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) in the Federal Register, EPA will begin a 60-day comment period.
Please see the full memorandum for more information regarding the final rule and the ANPR.
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