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EPA implements toughest restrictions yet on use of highly toxic chemical in paint stripper

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule banning several uses of the toxic solvent methylene chloride. The chemical, known for its cancer-causing properties, will still be permitted for certain purposes but with new safety guidelines to protect workers. This move comes as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to restrict the use of dangerous chemicals. Methylene chloride is commonly used in commercial paint strippers and has been linked to severe health risks, including organ damage and the development of various cancers. The new EPA rule goes beyond previous restrictions proposed by the Obama and Trump administrations.