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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK07 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and Methylene Chloride; Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 6(a) 

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: Not Yet Determined     (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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 238320 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors; 238330 Flooring Contractors; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 336411 Aircraft Manufacturing; 336611 Ship Building and Repairing; 711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; 712110 Museums; 811121 Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance; 811420 Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 
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

Joel Wolf
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0432