In March 2019 EPA issued a final rule to ban the manufacture (including import), processing and distribution of Methylene Chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. The ban includes also e-commerce sales.
This prohibition is the result of the risk assessment evaluation according to Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
EPA listed Methylene Chloride in the work plan of the risk evaluation in the 2014. According to this evaluation, EPA issued that the risk of the substance contained in removers paint for consumer use is not acceptable because Methylene Chloride is a volatile chemical and the fumes can rapidly cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, and death due to nervous system depression.
EPA issued the ban in order to protect consumers that use paints removers indoor.
The prohibition starts from 180 day after the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.
EPA recommends processors and manufacturers to notify the ban to all retailers.