Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane and DCM, is a volatile chemical used as a solvent in a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer applications. The primary uses for methylene chloride are paint stripping, adhesives, pharmaceutical manufacturing, metal cleaning, aerosol solvents, chemical processing, flexible polyurethane foam manufacturing, and miscellaneous other uses.
On this page:
- Problem Formulation for methylene chloride risk evaluation under amended TSCA
- Scope of methylene chloride risk evaluation under amended TSCA
- Review of methylene chloride prior to the Lautenberg Act
- CASRN: 75-09-2
- Initiated: December 19, 2016
- Docket: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0742
This problem formulation refines the scope of the methylene chloride risk evaluation by clarifying the chemical uses that EPA expects to evaluate and describing how EPA expects to conduct the evaluation. This is an important interim step prior to completing and publishing the final risk evaluation. The problem formulation document will be available for comment until August 16, 2018 in the docket listed above.
Scope of Methylene Chloride Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA
This scope document includes the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA expects to consider in its risk evaluation of methylene chloride conducted pursuant to TSCA Section 6(b)(4).
- Read the scope document for methylene chloride under amended TSCA
- View the supplemental files for the methylene chloride scope document:
After releasing the scope documents, the dockets for each of the first 10 chemicals were open for public comments. Read EPA’s Responses to Public Comments Received on the Scope Documents for the First Ten Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA. This document addresses cross-cutting public comments received in response to EPA publishing the scope documents.
Review of Methylene Chloride Prior to the Lautenberg Act
Prior to the Lautenberg Act, EPA completed a risk assessment for methylene chloride, addressing use in paint and coating removal products, and published the following information.