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Monday January 07, 2019

California Points to Deadline on Paint Stripper Chemical

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control said March 4 is the first due date in newly-effective rules requiring makers of paint/varnish strippers to seek methylene chloride alternatives. On that date, companies must notify the agency if their products contain the substance.

 

The rules come under the priority product provisions of the state's Safer Consumer Products law. The agency pointed to both acute and chronic health effects ranging from unconsciousness to risks of cancer in various organs, including brains and livers. The text of the regulations is at bit.ly/2RsuuO4.

 

The state targeted the chemical for the action in 2014 (PSL, 3/24/14) and ran two rounds of comment periods (PSL, 7/24/16 and 11/2717). Relatedly, CPSC updated its labeling guidance in 2018 (PSL, 3/26/18), and EPA has been working on updated regulations (PSL, 5/21/18).