Wednesday, December 7, 2016

EPA moves to ban aerosol de-greasers, spot removers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it 
is proposing to ban certain use of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as an aerosol de-greaser and as a spot removal agent in dry cleaning.

The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit the manufacture (including 
import), processing, and distribution in commerce and to 
prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing 
and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. 

EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, 
and distributors, except for retailers, to provide downstream 
notice of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain, and
to keep limited records. Comments on the proposed rule must
be received 60 days after date of publication in the Federal 
Register.

Last week, EPA announced the inclusion of TCE on the list 
of the first ten chemicals to be evaluated for risk under TSCA. 
That action will allow EPA will evaluate the other remaining 
uses of the chemical. Today’s action only proposes to ban 
certain uses of the chemical.



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