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

Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides authority of EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemical, as well as any manner or method of disposal of chemicals. 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 uses 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, EPA identified risks of concern from paint and coating removal. EPA proposes that the use of NMP and methylene chloride in paint and coating presents unreasonable risks to human health, and is initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6 to address these risks.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
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

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  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL: https://www.epa.gov/chemical-data-under-toxic-substance-control-act-tsca  
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: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Niva Kramek
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7506P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 605-1193
Fax:703 305-5884
Email: kramek.niva@epa.gov

Joel Wolf
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7405M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0432
Email: wolf.joel@epa.gov