Press Releases

LCV Statement on EPA’s Methylene Chloride Ban

Apr 30, 2024

Washington, D.C.— In response to EPA’s ban on all consumer uses and most commercial and industrial uses of methylene chloride, a toxic solvent used in paint stripper, coatings, adhesives, metal cleaners, pharmaceuticals, refrigerants and aerosols, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Healthy Communities Program Director Madeleine Foote:

“The Biden-Harris administration is continuing to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the health of our families and workers by banning most uses of methylene chloride, a toxic chemical solvent that can cause liver damage, multiple types of cancers, and even death. No one should lose a loved one because they took on a home renovation project or were simply doing their job. Until now, our regulation of hazardous methylene chloride has fallen short, making this a reality for too many families. LCV commends the Biden-Harris administration for delivering on the promise of chemical policy reform and taking our country in a direction that protects public health, not the pocketbooks of the chemical industry.”