The EPA recently announced it is extended the public comment periods for two proposed rules: one for trichloroethylene (TCE) when used as a commercial vapor degreaser, and the other for methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint coating and removal. Both rules would prohibit the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution in commerce. In addition to this, the rules would require manufacturers, processors and distributors to inform retailers and others in the supply chain about the ban.
Public comments on both proposed rules are extended until May 19, 2017.
TCE, methylene chloride, and NMP are three of the 10 chemicals the EPA identified in November as the first it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the TSCA reform.
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