The Environmental Protection Agency has halted the use of a deadly paint stripper by consumers.
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the order banning methylene chloride Friday.
It prohibits the manufacture, import, processing, and distribution of the chemical in all paint removers for consumer use.
According to the EPA, they took this action in response to the deaths that have resulted from exposure to the chemical.
It also came after analysis of the health impacts and comments from affected families.
The EPA says exposure to the chemical’s fumes can rapidly cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, and death due to the nervous system slowing down.
The rule officially takes affect in September.
Source: NewsNet | EPA Banning Methylene Chloride Paint Removers