NGO calls to ban two hazardous chemicals: DCM and NMP

Last year, CEH acted against two chemicals: methyene chloride (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidine (NMP), which are commonly found in paint strippers. DCM is a hormone disruptor and a carcinogen that also poses immediate risks of suffocation, while NMP is linked to fetal deaths and decreased birth rates.

The US EPA found that both these chemicals have an “unreasonable risk of injury to health,” but despite public pressure, according to CEH, "Pruitt’s EPA has done nothing about it". Where the EPA has failed to act, individual states are stepping up. A bill was just introduced in Maryland to ban DCM and NMP. 

CEH is not pushing for other states to follow Maryland’s example and call for safer alternatives to these toxic chemicals. 



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