EPA Finds Methylene Chloride Poses an Unreasonable Risk

EPA Washington, DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a solvent used in vapor degreasing, metal cleaning, and in sealants and adhesive removers is a health risk. The EPA finalized a revision to the risk determination for methylene chloride, finding that “methylene chloride — as a whole chemical substance — presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health when evaluated under its conditions of use.” The agency says the next step in the process is to “develop a risk management rulemaking to identify and apply measures that will manage these risks.” For the full text, click here. For the EPA statement and Final Risk Evaluation, click here.