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SBAR Panel: Methylene Chloride Risk Management Rulemaking under the Toxic Substances Control Act

Key Dates for this SBAR Panel

  • Convening Date: 01/07/2021
  • Completion Date: Not yet available

About the Rule

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What is the Implication of the Proposed Action on Small Entities? 

After issuing the final risk evaluation for methylene chloride under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is taking the next step in the process by moving to risk management. This process requires EPA to develop regulations to protect public health from the unreasonable risks found in the final risk evaluation. 

Entities potentially regulated by this rulemaking include those relevant to 47 conditions of use that EPA determined present an unreasonable risk, including most commercial uses of methylene chloride (such as solvents for vapor degreasing, aerosol spray cleaners, adhesives, paint/coating remover, and automotive care products), some processing of methylene chloride, and all consumer uses (such as aerosol degreasers/cleaners, adhesives/sealants, paint brush cleaners, lubricants, arts and crafts glue, and automobile care products like air conditioner fluids). A full list of conditions of use subject to this rulemaking is in the non-technical summary of the methylene chloride risk evaluation.

Additional information about the methylene chloride risk management rulemaking under TSCA is available on EPA’s web site:

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How Can I Learn More? 

While the opportunity to participate on this Panel has passed, you will have the chance to submit comments concerning this rulemaking during the standard public comment period commencing after publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register 

Semiannual updates about the development status of the rulemaking are available on: