EPA Accepting Further Comments on TCE, Methylene Chloride, and NMP

Published April 26, 2017

EPA has reopened and extended the comment periods for two proposed rules issued under section 6 of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law in June 2016.

The first proposed rule would prohibit the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use as a spot cleaner in dry cleaning and as an aerosol degreaser. The proposal requires manufacturers, processers, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the ban.

The second proposed rule seeks to prohibit the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride and NMP for consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal. The rule also proposes to prohibit the use of methylene chloride and NMP in these commercial uses, and would require manufacturers, processers, and distributors of methylene chloride and NMP for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain.

Comments on both proposed rules are now due by May 19, 2017. More information is available in a prepublication copy of EPA’s Federal Register notice (PDF).

TCE, methylene chloride, and NMP are three of the 10 chemicals that EPA identified in November as the first it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the new TSCA legislation.