Campaign: EPA: Ban dangerous paint strippers
When fumes from methylene chloride-based paint strippers build up, the chemical can cause asphyxiation and heart attacks. It’s happened to dozens of people, including Kevin Hartley and Joshua Atkins. Not one more family should lose a loved one to these products.
In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed banning methylene chloride in paint stripping (for both consumer and commercial uses).
After we convinced a dozen retailers, including Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Walmart, to voluntarily stop selling paint strippers with this chemical, the EPA finally banned it from consumer products in 2019. But the agency gave the chemical industry a back door. It can still be used in the workplace—where it can be just as deadly as when it is used at home.
In 2021, the agency fully withdrew the proposed rule that would have protected workers, so we continue to press EPA to protect all U.S. residents from all hazardous uses of this dangerous chemical.