EPA Initiates Development of Risk Mitigation Rules for Methylene Chloride and 1-BP

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be host a webinar on Sept. 30 for stakeholders to review its risk mitigation process after risk evaluation, focusing on 1-bromopropane (1-BP). The agency has finalized risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for both 1-BP and methylene chloride, and EPA held a webinar on the latter on Sept. 16. During the upcoming webinar, EPA will address its process for issuing a risk mitigation rule and industry engagement.

By law, EPA must propose a rule within one year of finalizing a risk evaluation, and it must issue a final rule within two years.

EPA, with ACA, will be hosting a webinar for ACA members only to talk about risk mitigation for methylene chloride and 1-bromopropane, as it relates to ACA members’ products. A date and time is yet to be determined.  

EPA has identified the following relevant uses for methylene chloride and 1-bromopropane where the agency reached a final determination of unreasonable risk.

In the methylene chloride risk evaluation, EPA found unreasonable risk for the following uses relevant to ACA members’ products:

  • Processing – Incorporation into formulation (workers and ONU’s)
  • Processing – Repackaging (ONU’s)
  • Adhesives and sealants, industrial and commercial use (workers and ONU’s)
  • Paints and coatings, industrial and commercial use (workers and ONU’s)
  • Paint and coating removers, industrial and commercial use (workers and ONU’s)
  • Adhesive and caulk removers, industrial and commercial use (workers and ONU’s)
  • Anti-adhesive agents, industrial and commercial use (workers)
  • Consumer adhesives and sealants (consumers and by-standers)
  • Consumer brush cleaners (consumers)
  • Consumer adhesive and caulk removers (consumers and by-standers)
  • Crafting glue, cement and concrete (consumers and by-standers)
  • Anti-adhesive agents (consumers and by-standers)
  • Carbon remover and brush cleaner (consumers and by-standers)

For the 1-BP risk evaluation, EPA issued findings of unreasonable risk for:

  • Processing, incorporation into formulation (unreasonable risk for workers and ONU’s)
  • Adhesive chemicals (industrial / commercial use) – spray adhesive for foam cushion manufacturing and other uses (unreasonable risk for workers and ONU’s)
  • Anti-adhesive agents, industrial / commercial use (unreasonable risk for workers and ONU’s)
  • Adhesive accelerant, industrial / commercial, arts/crafts (unreasonable risk for workers and ONU’s)
  • Laboratory chemicals (unreasonable risk for workers and ONU’s)
  • Consumer adhesive accelerant, arts / crafts (unreasonable risk to consumers and bystanders)
  • Consumer anti-adhesive agent, arts / crafts (unreasonable risk to consumers and bystanders)

EPA found the following uses for 1-BP do not pose an unreasonable risk: Disposal and exposure to the general population, through sediment, drinking water or surface water.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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