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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK07 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and Methylene Chloride; Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 6(a) 
Abstract:

Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal of chemicals. The EPA identified n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and methylene chloride for risk evaluation as part of its TSCA Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. NMP and methylene chloride are used in commercial processes and in consumer products in residential settings. In the August 2014 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for methylene chloride and the March 2015 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for NMP, the EPA identified risks associated with commercial and consumer paint and varnish stripping uses. The EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address these risks, if the EPA finds that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that the risks to human health or the environment are unreasonable.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR NYD     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605 Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: The EPA identified n-methylpyrrolidone and methylene chloride for risk evaluation as part of its Work Plan for Chemical Assessments under TSCA. In the August 2014 Risk Assessment for methylene chloride and March 2015 Risk Assessment for NMP, the EPA identified risks associated with commercial and consumer paint removal uses. The EPA is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address these risks. Specifically, the EPA will determine whether the use of NMP or methylene chloride in commercial and consumer paint removal poses an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal.

Alternatives: Alternatives will be developed as part of the development of a proposed rule.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The EPA will prepare a regulatory impact analysis as part of the development of a proposed rule.

Risks: As indicated in the published Risk Assessments and supplemental analyses for these chemicals, the EPA determined that there is risk of adverse human health effects (acute and chronic) for methylene chloride and NMP in occupational, consumer and residential settings.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/  
Sectors Affected: 325 Chemical Manufacturing 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Niva Kramek
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7405M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-4830
Email: kramek.niva@epa.gov

Katherine Sleasman
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7105M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1204
Email: sleasman.katherine@epa.gov