First EPA Draft Assessments Identify Three Chemicals Posing Potential Risks

“The first batch of draft risk assessments released by the Environmental Protection Agency Jan. 4 as part of a broad plan to review existing chemicals found some uses of three chemicals pose potential health concerns.”

“When used as a paint stripper, methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) pose potential inhalation or dermal health concerns for some workers and consumers, OPPT said. When used as a commercial or consumer degreasing agent or in a clear protective spray in arts and crafts, trichloroethylene (TCE) poses potential inhalation concerns for consumers and workers, OPPT said.” [Bloomberg BNA]


  1. Activists will have their hands full campaigning against three chemicals at a time. Unless, which is highly likely, the fix is already in, and the EPA is already doing what the activists want.

  2. “Pose potential inhalation or dermal health concerns”? Does this mean that the chemicals have and can express feelings or reasoning? Seriously, the EPA’s poor command of English is exceeded by only the ridiculousness of its wolf-of-the-week scare-mongering. And if these chemicals are banned, what are the costs/risks (all of them) of using the substitutes?


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