Ethylene Glycol Ethers (Glymes) Rule (SNUR)
To protect consumers from seven harmful chemicals known as ethylene glycol ethers, or glymes, EPA issued a significant new use rule (SNUR) on December 10, 2014. These chemicals can pose risks to consumers, workers and children because of health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. Glymes have a number of industrial applications, and are often used in solvents and as components of consumer products including inks, paint, coatings, adhesives, graffiti removers, and soldering compounds. EPA expects the rule to be published in the Federal Register the week of December 15th.