Tell the EPA to Ban Two Dangerous Chemicals

Under the new chemical safety law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed bans on two toxic chemicals found in paint removers. We need your voice to make sure the proposed ban take effect.

The two chemicals are called methylene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

Paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — many from uses like refinishing bathtubs in confined spaces. Long-term exposure has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer and lung cancer.

NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women — whether exposed at home or on the job — at risk of harm to their fetuses. And workers chronically exposed to NMP are at risk of liver damage and cancer.

Send Your Comment to the EPA

I urge the EPA to ban commercial and consumer uses of the toxic chemicals methylene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint and coating removal. Chemicals linked to cancer, developmental toxicity and other health impacts don’t belong on store shelves or in employers’ supply rooms.

Safer alternatives are readily available — but we need the EPA to ban both of these chemicals from the products available on store shelves and in the workplace. While the EPA has proposed two options for regulating NMP, the best option for public health is a ban on NMP and DCM.

Action on these toxic chemicals is long overdue. Please move quickly to ban these toxic chemicals now!