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Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA

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.

Learn about what EPA has done to manage risks on methylene chloride.

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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). EPA will publish and take public comment on a Problem Formulation document for methylene chloride which will refine the current scope, as an additional interim step, prior to publication the draft risk evaluation. This problem formulation is expected to be released within approximately six months of publication of 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.