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Chemicals Used in Paint Strippers, Vapor Degreasing May Be Banned; EPA to Evaluate Chemicals Grandfathered in Under Old TSCA

Chemicals Used in Paint Strippers, Vapor Degreasing May Be Banned; EPA to Evaluate Chemicals Grandfathered in Under Old TSCA

A slew of chemical rules that will affect manufacturers and other industrial sectors have been proposed this week by the EPA.

EPA to Industry: Voluntarily Stop Using TCE or Face Regulation

Companies can voluntarily stop using trichloroethylene (TCE) where it poses a risk to workers and the environment — or the EPA will step in and regulate some uses of the solvent, Bloomberg reports. The news agency quotes Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), … Read more »

EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on TCE

The EPA has released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical the agency says may harm human health and the environment. The final risk assessment identifies health risks from TCE exposures to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Site Cleanup, Coffee Rule, Mobile Phones

ASTM International approved ASTM E2893, Guide for Greener Cleanups, which sets forth a process to reduce the environmental footprint of activities during all phases of site cleanup, from investigation to long-term monitoring. It is designed for use by environmental professionals in the site assessment and remediation fields, as well real estate developers, … Read more »

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Google Employees Exposed to Cancer-Causing Chemical

Google employees were exposed to high levels of a cancer-causing chemical at the company’s satellite campus on a Superfund toxic waste site, an EPA report says. Between mid-November and mid-January, after workers disabled part of the air ventilation system at an office complex in Mountain View, Calif., levels of trichloroethylene … Read more »

EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments of Chemicals in Household Products

The EPA has released for public comment draft risk assessments on five chemicals found in common household products. The five assessments address the following chemical uses: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser and a spray-on protective coating; antimony trioxide (ATO) … Read more »