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June 10, 2024

Lynn L. Bergeson, “EPA Bans Most Uses of Methylene Chloride,” Chemical Processing, June 10, 2024.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on May 8, 2024, a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to address the unreasonable risk of injury to health presented by methylene chloride under its conditions of use (COU). To no one’s surprise, the EPA banned most uses of the chemical. However, surprisingly, the EPA also adopted a de minimis threshold to account for impurities and the unintended presence of methylene chloride. The final rule goes into effect July 8, 2024. This article provides a summary.