Flexner on Finishing: The EPA & Paint Strippers

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Is this government agency overreaching the bounds of its evidence?

by Bob Flexner
pages 62-63

This article is an opinion piece on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation on the paint strippers we have available; I think the government agency is going too far. If you wish to learn more about the differences in strippers and how to use them, I recommend my articles from the June 2000 (#115), August 2000 (#116) and April 2012 (#196) issues (see below).

On Jan. 19, the EPA published a proposed rule that would remove all methylene-chloride (MC) and n-methylpyrollidone (NMP) strippers from the consumer market, including from paint stores and home centers. The ruling would continue to make these solvents available to professional refinishing shops but only in 55-gallon-or-larger quantities, which would effectively eliminate smaller shops.

You can read the 277-page rule as a PDF from several websites by searching for “federal register methylene chloride.”

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From the June 2017 issue, #232